Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Mahathir Mohamad Gives His Cabinet a 5 Out of 10 Score

It is interesting that Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (left) has given his Cabinet a five out of 10 score  as Pakatan Harapan heads into their first year of holding the reins of Federal power. 

I guess he is being extremely nice to his PH colleagues. Methinks, it should be somewhere between 4.0-4.5 out of 10. 

And in spite of continued speculation, he insists there will be no Cabinet reshuffle. 

He believes they are learning very fast. He adds that “sometimes they come to me because I have the experience. I have to teach and guide them so that they can perform”. 

Like it or not – he is putting faith in them. 

Star Online reported yesterday that Akhbar and Associates, a fraud investigation agency had claimed that in Malaysia, background checks on potential hires for companies found that up to 7 percent of people investigated had fake degrees while between 10 percent and 15 percent had degrees from unaccredited universities. And many of these people are applying for senior management jobs. 

The above revelation was in response to an Al-Jareeza 101 East documentary that found a company in Pakistan called Axact to be an intermediary from which job seekers could purchase fake qualifications including doctorate and master’s degrees. In fact, Axact was linked to over 370 degree mills based in the United States. 

Raids and arrests made by Pakistani authorities on the company and their operators had unearthed a censored list of Axact clients that included 80 Malaysians with local addresses. 

In the documentary, thousands of those with dubious qualifications were found to be working as doctors, nurses, teachers and engineers in South-East Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. 

And Malaysia was singled out because we are supposedly “one of the worst” countries with such problems – all due to poor background checking practices. It seemed that companies rarely took legal action or lodge police reports against employees with fake qualifications. 

Meaning that there are no records of their fraud and so, they can seek jobs elsewhere. And they continue to work in the system. 

Malaysian Qualifications Agency chief executive officer Rahmah Mohamed said organizations should not condone such behavior – but if we believe the figures given by Akhbar and Associates – it tells me that we don’t really care about this type of fraud. 

It is a sad state of affairs – but Malaysia Semua Boleh, right?

Yesterday, Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Leicester means they move back above Liverpool and hold a one-point lead as they go into the last round of fixtures on Sunday, when Pep Guardiola's side travel to Brighton and the Reds host Wolves. 

Citizens seem unstoppable.

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