Dr M on Marzuki's 'Cambridge University' degree

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GEORGE TOWN (Feb 8): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he has yet to be briefed fully on the issue of the academic qualification of Deputy Foreign Minister and Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya.

"We haven't found out what really happened," he said when approached after he had delivered a keynote address at the Premier Unity Gathering in conjunction with Penang State Unity Day and the 15th anniversary of the Penang State Consultative Goodwill Council, at Dewan Sri Pinang, here.

A Facebook post on Feb 3 claimed that Marzuki had deceived the people by stating that he had obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Cambridge through a distance-learning programme which reportedly the university did not offer, Bernama reported.

A day later, political activist Muhsin Abdul Latheef lodged a police report over the claim, and Marzuki responded by saying that he would produce the proof.

Subsequently, several news portals reported Marzuki as saying he obtained the degree from the Cambridge International University in the United States and not the University of Cambridge in England.

Meanwhile, all the 13 Bersatu divisions in Penang, led by Penang Bersatu secretary Azahari Aris, expressed their support for Marzuki’s leadership as the chairman of Penang Bersatu and as secretary-general of the party.