Najib’s Nottingham degree: Under the scope…

14 February 2019

The Star

The Star @staronline

13 February 2019

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Malay Mail @malaymail

Najib says getting replacement cert from university, promises to share it publicly

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said he will be getting a certificate of his degree from UK’s University of Nottingham to replace the original document which appears to have been misplaced.

The former prime minister said he would publicly post the photo of his certificate on his Facebook account once he receives it.

The former prime minister said he would publicly post the photo of his certificate on his Facebook account once he receives it.

“Last week, I tried to search for the certificate for my degree at my home but was unsuccessful.

“Maybe it was left behind when I left Seri Perdana after losing GE14,” he wrote on his Facebook account today, referring to his leaving of the prime minister’s official residence after his Barisan Nasional coalition lost federal power in the 14th general election.

“Therefore, I have written to my University to obtain a replacement certificate.

“They replied that it will be mailed to me within about a week’s time.

“When I receive it, I will upload the photo of the certificate to this Facebook (account),” he added.

In the Facebook post which was written in the Malay language, Najib stated that he had undertaken his primary and secondary school studies at the St John’s Institution in Kuala Lumpur, before furthering his studies at the Malvern College in UK.

“Then, I studied at University of Nottingham and succeeded in obtaining a BA Hons Industrial Economics from there,” he said, adding that he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2004 by the same university.

Earlier today, Malay Mail had reported the University of Nottingham as confirming that Najib had graduated from the UK university.

The university was responding to Malay Mail’s request to verify Najib’s academic qualifications, including if he obtained an undergraduate degree from the institution.

“The University of Nottingham’s records confirm that Mohammed N. Razak graduated with a BA Hons in Industrial Economics in 1974,” the university’s spokesman said in a brief email reply to Malay Mail last night.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/02/12/najib-says-getting-replacement-cert-from-university-promises-to-share-it-pu/1722284

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Sumisha Naidu @sumishanaidu
Najib Razak breaks down his education history – the photo he’s using as his profile picture is from when he received an honorary PhD from the University of Nottingham.

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12 February 2019

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Malay Mail @malaymail

UK’s Nottingham sheds light on Najib’s degree but mystery remains

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — The University of Nottingham has confirmed that former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak graduated from the UK university.

The university was responding to Malay Mail’s request to verify Najib’s academic qualifications, including if he obtained an undergraduate degree from the institution.

“The University of Nottingham’s records confirm that Mohammed N. Razak graduated with a BA Hons in Industrial Economics in 1974,” the university’s spokesman said in a brief email reply to Malay Mail last night.

Najib, who was born in 1953, was 21 years old in 1974.

Yesterday, DAP Perak’s Keranji state assemblyman Chong Zhemin cast doubt on Najib’s degree, highlighting a video circulating online and alleging the latter did not complete his studies at the University of Nottingham in the 1970s.

Chong also told Najib to disprove the allegation by publishing the transcripts of his examinations and a copy of his degree.

In 2017, whistleblower site Sarawak Report had also questioned the authenticity of Najib’s Nottingham degree.

What Najib said

When asked to clarify his academic qualifications, Najib yesterday told reporters at the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya: “Of course my degree is legitimate.”

Based on the UK government’s official transcript of Najib’s April 13, 2012 speech, he had expressed his delight at having then British prime minister David Cameron visit the university’s Malaysia campus, saying bluntly: “It’s, of course, my alma mater”.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/02/12/uks-nottingham-sheds-light-on-najibs-degree-but-mystery-remains/1722107

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•~ sensate ~•

•~ sensate ~• @moggynow

Replying to

@tanjooilong
@simonwhthong

and 12 others

@UniofNottingham

is going to get its knicker in a twist to show somehow this Con graduated. They may Photoshop graduation certs, etc., but surely they should not forget his fellow year mates are still around, we would get their revelations.

aruna

aruna @imfsea_aruna

Replying to

@tanjooilong
@simonwhthong

and 11 others

Nottingham University’s

@UniofNottingham

reply is very weak, vague, evasive and cast serious doubts on whether the disgraced ex Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Tun Razak

@NajibRazak

graduated from this university. It should release his degree record to prove that he graduated.

E.S. Shankar

E.S. Shankar @esshankar1

Replying to

@imfsea_aruna
@simonwhthong

and 14 others

Like

@guanenglim

,

@NajibRazak

should release his degree certificate. If he has it, what’s the big deal, esp as he’s asking

@GobindSinghDeo

to look into other ppls Uni qualifications & certs!!!

April 2017

Sarawak Report @sarawak_report

Najib Should Authorise The Release Of His Degree Record

At the time of the introduction of Britain’s data protection laws many wise heads warned of unintended consequences. They were right. Data protection has become the catch-phrase for all those seeking to prevent open records for all the wrong reasons.

Thus is was that when Sarawak Report rang Nottingham University to enquire about its register of degree results it was informed that this is now privileged information owing to the University’s interpretation of the data protection laws.

How convenient, but also how nonsensical. In the United States, quite rightly, a degree is treated as a public record, accessible online.

After all, if people wish to advertise a degree on their Linked In or employ one as a status symbol or use it to gain credibility for a job or any other purpose, then it ought to be immediately available for others to check the claim.

For example, the Prime Minister of Malaysia (who has poured money into Nottingham University) announces on his Wikipedia page that he has a degree in Industrial Economics from the University. Given this is something that he has publicly announced and plainly wishes to be known, why does the University treat it as something to be kept secret?

Secret and personal information?

More worrying, by refusing to openly verify such claims the University and others who choose to play the same game is encouraging a mass of dangerous deception. After all, why bother to purchase a fake degree from a Pakistani ‘degree mill’, like Somerset University or Preston University, for example, when you can claim to have achieved a degree from the likes of Nottingham and no one can disprove it?

According to the clerks at Nottingham University they have a procedure for ‘genuine enquries’, to help for example employers, who might like to check that someone claiming to be a qualified doctor or a civil engineer, perhaps, is genuine. In such cases, if (and only if) the stated degree holder is agreeable, the University is willing to provide a form, which the claimed degree holder must sign before the University will release the information to the specific person who has been authorised to receive it.

Najib's life-sized portrait at Nottingham in honour of their 'favourite alumni' - but did he sit his exams?

No such nonsense in the United States. If any Tom, Dick or Harry there wants to brag about a qualification, then any other Tom, Dick or Harry can go online to the Student Verification Service and check if its for real.

The failing of the Nottingham system is perfectly exemplified in the case of Najib Razak, who tells everyone he has this Economics qualification and is sitting in post as a Prime Minister cum Finance Minister of a major economy partly off the back of it.

Given however, that he has now driven his country to the brink of ruin, largely because he doesn’t appear to understand that minus $12 billion dollars is rather a lot of missing money, many of his electorate are wondering if he actually earned that degree at all and would like to check it.

Many say that he did not, not least because he was not present in the United Kingdom at the time of the exam that he would have needed to have sat in order to achieve it. There was an excuse of sorts, which was that his father had died a few months before.

Najib’s Wikipedia page tells a different story entirely. It says that he got the degree in impressive time, having just turned 21 in the summer of 1974, and that he then went back to Malaysia, before running for his father’s seat after he died in January 1976.

However, plenty are now sceptical and believe Najib Razak appears to have just decided that if he had sat the exams he would have passed them. Which is not the same thing. Over subsequent years Najib has for whatever reason poured Malaysian money into his former western university, even to the extent of opening a campus in Kuala Lumpur, a fact that has transformed the financial fortunes of this British institution.

This has annoyed many Malaysians, whose Finance Minister (Najib Razak) has been ruthlessly cutting the education budget for primary school children, student grants and all the rest. A large portrait of Najib Razak hangs in the centre of Nottingham university, which some campaigning Malaysian students have tried to have removed.

The matter has now become a political issue in Malaysia, with shades of Donal Trump’s harassment of Barak Obama over the so-called ‘birther issue’. Obama retaliated by publishing his original birth certificate, which satisfied the vast majority of right-minded folk.

But in Malaysia the issue is not resolved. In the latest development a distinguished former civil servant has taken himself out of retirement to challenge Najib in his home seat, citing his concern at the Prime Minister’s reckless management of the country and his propensity to lose billions into his own pocket, without appearing to appreciate the economic consequences for everybody else, who put their trust in him.

Abdul Rahman Mohd Noor says he knows Najib didn’t sit his degree exams, because he was the attache in the London High Commission in charge of student affairs at the time and had also been detailed to assist with the medical aspects surrounding the last month of Najib’s father’s life.

Abdul Rahman Mohd Noor - You Tube challenge to Najib

Abdul Rahman says Najib was still at the University when he was handling all these matters at the end of 1975 and departed for Malaysia after his father’s death in January 1976, clearly to mourn his father, but also to immediately campaign to secure the seat left vacant by his death, which he bagged at the tender age of 23.

If this turns out to be the case, it is quite possible that the University has nevertheless awarded their most generous alumnus an honorary degree or doctorate. However, without a shadow of a doubt, it is time that the nature of this relationship between politician and university was made fully transparent, given all the money that has been flooding from Malaysia and the investment in Nottingham’s campus in KL.

Meanwhile, it is time to also question this growing practice in favour of  handing on political positions in Malaysia to relatives after death, as if they were inherited possessions, since this is a backward and corrupted feudal practice, not modern democracy. Such a practice encourages the attitude that the office holder is owed some kind of birthright.  Next (heaven forbid) they might start to abuse their position of trust and authority to extract wealth also not rightfully theirs.

Sarawak Report has a suggestion for the voters of Pahang therefore. To arrive at the truth about this matter they ought to challenge their incumbant MP Najib Razak to sign the release form that will enable Nottingham University, under its own dubious rules, to confirm to Abdul Rahman Mohd Noor whether their top funding alumnus earned his degree or not.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Report will campaign for UK universities to reverse their retrograde, ridiculous and downright dangerous policy of keeping degree records secret.

http://www.sarawakreport.org/2017/04/najib-should-authorise-the-release-of-his-degree-record/

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