On February 3, 2019, a Facebook user Zulfahan Pagon posted a status questioning Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Marzuki Yahya’s business administration degree certificate, which was initially claimed to be obtained from University of Cambridge (UK).
This incident has sparked interests from all sides, especially the opposition party UMNO.
UMNO Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki described Marzuki’s act as “deceiving the people” with his fake degree which contradicted to PH’s fight against corruption and practice of transparency.
The rest of UMNO leaders have been calling out for Marzuki’s resignation.
Malay Mail wrote that Mufti Perlis Datuk Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin alleged that PH purposely chose to appoint a minister with fake academic qualifications.
Defending himself against what he regarded as “political attacks”, Marzuki promised to present the proof that the certificate he obtained from the university was valid, reported Free Malaysia Today.
However, before the proof was shared with the public on his own Facebook page, Marzuki clarified that he had pursued his business studies at the US-based Cambridge International University.
He added, lying to the people about his credentials was never intended, as he had never previously planned to be holding a position within the government (cited from Harian Metro).
Refused to comment further, he is now leaving the matter to the authority for investigation and disciplinary action to his party president.
Since Marzuki came under scrutiny, Bersatu leaders have jumped to his side, as reported by The Star on February 7.
According to Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Marzuki’s appointment as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs had nothing to do with his academic qualification.
Bersatu supreme council member Tariq Ismail added that people should look for dedication and teamwork instead of a certificate which would only be a piece of paper at the end of the day.
In the wake of Marzuki’s fake degree certificate, The Coverage has listed another six PH ministers who have been caught of the same lie, including Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.