Malaysia Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has today openly admitted that he is not a graduate from any higher education institution.
“Some people say I have a degree in culinary arts. I never said that.
Free Malaysia Today news portal has quoted him today saying: “The truth is, I never completed my studies at ITM (Mara Institute of Technology). They kicked me out.
“Maybe it’s because I am good at cooking, so people think it’s something I learnt in college,” he added.
Mohamad Sabu told this to reporters after claims about him having fake academic qualifications have been making the rounds on social media, Malaysiakini said.
Several other Malaysian Ministers and Deputy Ministers ` academic qualifications are being scrutinized on social media, among them Deputy Foreign Minister Marzuki Yahya, and now Local Government and Housing Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and Johor Menteri Besar Osman Sapian.
Pakatan Harapan government leader Zuraida, after her academic credentials have been scrutinised by social media, she also denied she had ever claimed “to be a graduate of National University of Singapore (NUS)” Zuraida said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, Rural Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun commented today that the integrity of a minister or deputy minister is more important than education qualification.
“To me, the quality and value of integrity of a minister or deputy minister should be viewed more closely with their work in driving a ministry.
“I do not care if my educational background is searched or disclosed because the contribution in driving the ministry is most important,” she told a press conference after launching the 19th Mara Junior Science College Former Students (Ansara) Sports Carnival at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Serdang today.
The Head of the Leadership Body of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Negri Sembilan, Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim have also defended PH leaders, and urged the public not to evaluate a leader based on his or her academic qualifications because politics cannot be fully taught or learnt in school.
“The political field cropped up from the individual’s personality with the ability to lead, being helpful and liking to interact with other people.
“To enter politics, we only need to have basic qualifications. Even the SPM is sufficient,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama after attending a programme on Following the Struggles of Bersatu at the Tampin Division, GEMAS today.-Malaysia World News