NOTE: IN 2012, this MB in question finally says his PhD is “for real“.
A commentator in my blog brought up this issue about the newly minted Perlis MB Md. Isa boasting of an American PhD and Masters degree:
“(Md) Isa, 61, is a four-term state assemblyman for Bintong. He was also Kangar member of parliament from 1995 to 1999. In the recent general election, he won 4,882 votes, to beat Pas’ Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir, who obtained 2,772 votes. Isa has a PhD, master’s in business administration and diploma in total quality management from New Port University, United States. Between 1984 and 1986, Isa became the private senior secretary to then deputy home affairs minister, Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad“. (New Straits Times)
Can you trust his PhD and Master’s degree?
I’d like to clear matters up a bit…
Yes, this is about the new Perlis MB we are talking about. An official statement had been issued on behalf of the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail that Bintong state assemblyman Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu (pixs above) would be the new menteri besar. (An appointment that went against PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s choice of Shahidan Kassim, former Perlis chief, to be the new MB).
A commentator pointed out another website where they showcased Malaysians who graduated from Newport University : here. Md. Isa is there alright.
Coincidently, MP for PJ Selatan and DAP blogger Tony Pua revealed in his blog in 2006 (with reference to uncredited universities) that:
“New Port University… is definitely not recognised by the Office of Degree Authorisation in Oregon, United States, which clearly lists colleges which are either unaccredited or diploma mills“. (Education in Malaysia)
Tony was doing a check on some faculty members at some of our more prominent colleges, which allegedly employ PhD holders with qualifications secured at dubious or even bogus institutions such as the now infamous Irish International University.
But it seems, there are Newport Universities in Hawaii and Lebanon as well, which is considered not accredited by the site that Tony provided. The site didn’ t mention about Newport University in California, which Md. Isa attended. And so did Dr. Ragunathan, who Tony mentioned about in his blog.
And “Newport University (the one based in California says it) is approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education with the State of California. (Approval # 20766)”
So, who is right and who is wrong now (about Newport Uni, I mean)?