26 July 2012

Fake degree holders in Malaysia

On 26th July 2012, Bernama reported that police are tracking several individuals including a Tan Sri believed to have bought fake degrees from a company in Subang Jaya. They are part of 525 fake graduates who earned "degrees" without attending any lectures, sitting for exams or submitting any thesis. In other words, they paid a certain amount of money in exchange for a piece of paper, then conveniently added the titles to their names.

The fake degrees were issued in the name of 5 foreign universities, including 3 which didn't exist:
- University of Rockhampton (non-existent)
- Harvey International University (non-existent)
- Cannington Brook University (non-existent)
- Glastonbury University
- Charles Molnar University

So, to identify at least some of these people, it's just a matter of creative googling of the non-existent universities, say: "+datuk +rockhampton" while customising the search date to say, between 1/1/2000 and 7/1/2012 (1st July 2012), otherwise all you get will be newsreports on the latest case.

So far, this is what I have found - please feel free to add/comment/correct. Thanks.

YB Dato' Hj Mohamad Daud bin Hj Mohd Yusoff, DPMP, AMP, PJK, JP: MBA from the University of Rockhampton; an UMNO state assemblyman in the Selama constituency, Perak

Former national karate coach T. Ponniyah, honorary doctorate from the University of Rockhampton, United States, in June 2008.

Ms Shyamini Govendan, Senior Manager HR, Admin at Malaysia Pacific Corporation Berhad (MPCB), an investment and property holding company, listed on the Main Board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE). In the company's 2007 annual report, among her qualifications is stated "MA in Human Resources Management from the University of Rockhampton."

This guy is asking for a RM19,000 per month salary while touting a fake degree.

Dato' Sri Sufri bin Hj Mohd Zin, corporate figure. In TRC Synergy Bhd's 2011 corporate highlights report, Dato' Sri Surfi, its founder and executive chairman is stated as holding an MBA in Construction Management from Harvey International University. TRC Synergy Bhd is a construction company listed on the Main Board of the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

Zulkefli Ibrahim, General Manager (Head of Retail Assets Development) at MRCB, a leading property and infrastructure developer in Malaysia. He stated that he has a MSc in Real Estate Management, Real Estate Management from Charles Molnar University (2007 – 2009).

On 19th January 2007, Bernama reported that Kajang municipal councillor and Selangor MIC assistant secretary, Senator N. Rawisandran, 43 holds a diploma in property management from the University of Rockhampton.

Jeyaraman Seenivasagam, Owner, Success Edge, Masters in Education, Training and Development, University of Rockhampton (2007 – 2009)

There are quite a few Malaysians on Linkedin saying they graduated from the 5 universities mentioned above.

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