PM says still undecided on Marzuki

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivers his speech during the Unity Gathering in conjunction with Penang Unity Day in George Town February 8, 2019. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivers his speech during the Unity Gathering in conjunction with Penang Unity Day in George Town February 8, 2019. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 —Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that there is no decision yet about Datuk Marzuki Yahya’s fate over his allegedly dubious credential.

“There is no decision yet on the issue,” the prime minister was quoted saying by The Star in Penang.

Malaysiakini also reported Dr Mahathir saying: “We have not really found out what happened”.

Earlier today, Marzuki said he will leave it to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leadership to decide if he should remain as deputy foreign minister.

Following an uproar over his alleged fake degree, Marzuki said when he applied for the distance-learning certificate 17 years ago in Cambridge International University (CIU), he did not think about the accreditation issue, and did not foresee that he would be part of the government in the future.

Earlier this week, political activist Muhsin Abdul Latheef lodged a police report over a Facebook account holder’s claim in a February 3 post that the University of Cambridge did not offer a distance-learning programme in business administration that Marzuki claims to have pursued.

Marzuki, who is the Penang chairman of PPBM, had then brushed aside the claim as another usual irritation in his political journey.

On Wednesday, he finally admitted that he took the distance-learning programme from an institution called CIU, allegedly based in the United States, instead of the renowned Cambridge.