One commentator said that :
“In the interest of transparency and the future of the leadership of Malaysia, my opinion is that I think we need to start purging degree mills from the CVs of all our leaders. I would rather be led by someone who does not have a degree (but has integrity) rather than someone wanting to pass off non-academic quals as a proper traditional degree in the way we understand it.”
Another one echos, “degrees and bachelorship doesn’t answer anything, it just shows your skill trade, it is just supporting. But if those degree and bachelor holders doesn’t back up by sheer self-determination, honor, pure genius, hard work and sincerity. It wont mean a thing.”
Here’s the original post that caused above reactions:
I came acrossed many friends whom never graduated but claimed they are graduates from various local universities and even from international universities. Verifying graduates are as difficult to authenticate similar to verifying honorific titles such as Tan Sri, Datuk or Dato’ship. In a society when majority are graduates and many are Datuk(s) and Dato'(s), everybody took for granted that everybody is as per what they claim to be because verifying it is pointless and a waste of time… almost impossible.
Being a graduate and a business owner, I had interviewed too many graduates that I could notice almost instantly when a person is a graduate or otherwise and locally or from overseas. Unlike the conferment of honorific titles, a person cannot act to be graduate especially in thinking and conversation substances.
Once, in the mid 90s, whilst being attached to Guthrie, Industrial Relation Department upon graduation, I had to write to various universities for verification (of Guthrie new employees) of their graduation and confirmation of their exam transcript but without success… except from a few foreign universities.
Now, with too many graduates, university registrars require (for verification) the actual year of graduation and their Degree subject major. Without this detail, the verification is almost impossible. Thus, the accuracy of information is of utmost important.
Akin of employment recruitment, we should know our leaders’ credentials too before we vote and pledge our support for them. Obviously, our leaders should be smarter than us… to lead us. Otherwise, any uneducated man who are voted into PAS can claim anything as Haram or unislamic (as an example) under the Islamic banner, although really, he doesnt qualify to make any religious statement. Similarly, it will be embarassing to us when our leaders continuously having to rely on ‘external’ intelligence to make a stand…. without the externals, perhaps the reason for all the ‘echo’ statements….
My dad once told me during childhood… that Malays only have 2 career in mind as an ambition. First to be a politician and second to be an Artist (singing or acting) because both career doesnt require any education. Now that I have the resources to research… I hope the old ‘dilemma’ is Untrue….
Benchmarking University Bachelor Degree graduate as a minimum qualification, how many graduates are there in our UMNO Youth is the first part of many series to come. The source of information is via internet search such as Googling various local and foreign university alumni lists and past convocation record as well as browsing individual exco profiles on facebook, blogs and webpages. Those that is listed as “NO DEGREE” means their educational information is not listed or not available online or as it literally means ‘NO DEGREE’* and those with graduate record, an email was sent to their respective university for verification.
I welcome any corrections or amendments to the posting and will update any inaccurate information if informed. As this blog posting is written, an email was sent via FB to: (1) YB Khairy for the list of his youth exco educational background, (2) Zamakhsari for PAS youth exco educational background and (4) Tan Wei Wun for the PKR youth exco (AMK) educational background. I do not believe their tertiary education background is a confidential information especially for politician whom suppose to be marketing/selling themselves, in fact I think they should be proud of their educational achievement(s) (if any).
I havent received any reply emails yet from any of them but thusfar, the result from internet research is as follows:
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