Permatang Pauh: Of Bogus Degrees and Lying Politicians!
Posted by ella-mae on August 22, 2008
Arif drops out of PhD study
Kuek Ser Kuang Keng & Wong Teck Chi | Aug 22, 08 10:51am
Barisan Nasional Permatang Pauh candidate Arif Shah Omar Shah has stopped pursuing his PhD degree after questions were raised over his academic credentials. Up to April 21st, Arif Shah was still supposed to be doing his PhD. Exactly when did he decide opt out? After reading the blogs???
The PhD is not recognised, so I have quit. I am finding a paper that is recognised,” he told Malaysiakini when met at the sidelines of his election campaign on Tuesday. If someone was going to spend money getting a PhD, wouldn’t they first check on the university’s credentials??
He was asked to respond to questions raised on the Internet, asking how he could pursue a doctorate degree when he possessed only a diploma and no other intermediating qualification. What was his explanation for this la, MalaysiaKini?
An English daily had carried a profile of Arif Shah’s educational background, reporting that he was a diploma holder in civil engineering and currently pursuing a PhD at the ‘Edison University of Technology (out-campus programme).
The report sparked debate among bloggers who could not verify his academic credentials as they could not find his university name on the Internet. Read Zorro-Unmasked.
The 52-year-old Seberang Jaya state assemblyperson clarified the university should be ‘Edision University of Technology’, a university registered in the British Virgin Islands offerring distance learning courses. Dey, we all know it’s a bogus uni la!!!
Registered in British Virgin Islands
After checking the Internet and a local industry expert, Malaysiakini found the university has been accused of being a bogus diploma mill.
The local expert, who asked for anonymity, pointed out that the address of the university’s international distance learning centre is shared by hundreds of other companies.
It is believed the address belongs to a company secretary.
“It is a rare practice for a university to list its company secretary’s address, what more it is registered in the British Virgin Islands,” said the expert.
According to the expert, the islands, which are located in Carribean to the east of Puerto Rico, are known as a centre for the registration for more than half a million offshore companies.
Apart from that, the only accreditation given to the university came from the World Association of Universities and Colleges (WAUC), according to the university’s website.
WAUC is a global accreditation association founded to establish and promote global standards in higher education among colleges and universities worldwide.
However, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has listed WAUC as a ‘fraudulent or unrecognised accreditor’, claiming it could be working hand in hand with institutions offering fraudulent or substandard degrees.
An American students’ newspaper, the Daily Iowan also reported that WAUC had been sued by University of California in 1999 for breach of contract and fraud. The University of California claims to have been duped into becoming a WAUC member.
Woh… this is bringing back memories of Preston University which some UMNO buggers especially of the rempit kind claimed as being one of the oldest universities in the United States. The shifty Tamil-speaking-bogus-Melayu prince of the Mat Rempit posse in 2005 said he did his MBA after completion of SPM and some business experience at Preston six years before the university was set up!!!!!
UMNO THEME SONG??? Sing along la — lyrics oso got 😉
Bersatu Kita Bersatu
Dengan Setia Berganding Bahu
Tipu Terus Menipu
Kita Tipu Melayu
Bersama Kita Bersama
Menjunjung Hasrat Semua
Berjasa Pada Kroni
Anak Isteri Dan ‘Bini’
Lambang Kita Yang Gagah
Dipandang Keji Dan Haprak
Bersatu Bersetia Khianat
UMNO Terus Lara
Rompak Rakyat Malaysia