GEORGE TOWN, Feb 9 — Politicians should not be ashamed of their academic achievement but they should just be honest with their qualifications, said Penang PKR acting chairman Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik.
Muhammad Bakhtiar, who is also Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said politicians should emulate the character traits of people such as Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba who did not possess high qualifications.
“Personally I feel we need to have integrity and not be ashamed. Follow the footsteps of Tun Ghafar Baba. He was just a regular teacher with no academic degree,” he told reporters after the Penang PKR Chinese New Year celebration here today.
Muhammad Bakhtiar said this when asked to comment on the academic qualifications of Penang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman Datuk Marzuki Yahya.
Marzuki is currently embroiled in a controversy over his academic credentials.
However, on Marzuki’s appointment as Deputy Foreign Minister and Bersatu’s secretary-general, Muhammad Bakhtiar said the appointments were not based on academic qualifications alone but also on one’s performance as an elected representative.
Meanwhile, in Kulai, Johor PKR chairman Hassan Karim urged Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian to come clean over allegations that his academic certificates were fake.
He said the issue had already affected the image of Pakatan Harapan which had promised reforms within its government’s leadership.
“Just come out with the truth because the people are interested to know,” he told reporters after a Chinese New Year Open House at Taman Putri Multipurpose Hall here today. — Bernama