NB: This press statement was released on 27 June 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

When it was revealed that Datuk Richard Riot had obtained his undergraduate and Masters degrees from degree mills, the Minister responded by saying that he obtained his undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Human Resource from the University of Hertfordshire, London.[1]

The Minister was also reported to have said that “he did not know where Ong got the information about the “fake degrees” and that wherever they got the information was immaterial.” [2] Appendix 1 below shows that it is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website that lists Richard Riot as having “obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Chartered Institute of Business Administration (Ireland), Teoranta in 1994 and Masters of Business Administration from Preston University, United States of America”.[3] As of 11.52pm, 26 June 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s website still shows this entry although Richard Riot is no longer the Deputy Foreign Minister.

We call upon the Minister to explain why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was the Deputy Minister for a number of years in the previous parliament, would list down his qualifications as such rather than to state that the Minister had obtained his undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Hertfordshire in Human Resource as he claimed in numerous online newspaper reports yesterday (26 June 2013).

We also want to note that the website of the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation no longer shows the details of the current Minister, Datuk ‘Dr’ Ewon Ebin as of 12.01, 27 June 2013.[4] We attach in Appendix 2 a previous screenshot of the Minister’s webpage from the MoSTI website which shows that the Minister obtained his degree from the Golden State University, Wyoming, USA.

We call upon the Minister, Datuk ‘Dr’ Ewon Ebin to clarify whether or not he obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the Commonwealth Open University and his Doctorate in Business Administration from the Golden State University, Wyoming, USA.

Finally, we call upon the Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, to ask for the immediate resignation of one or both of the Ministers in question if it is proven that they have not been truthful about where they obtained their educational qualifications or if they had obtained ‘dodgy’ degrees from degree mills.

Dr Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang

Zairil Khir Johari, Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera