Marzuki’s scroll, small minds and big mouths


February 17,2018

Marzuki’s scroll, small minds and big mouths

by Abdar Rahman Koya

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https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2019/02/10/marzukis-scroll-small-minds-and-big-mouths/?fbclid=IwAR2YWRR

Marzuki And The Prophet pbuh- one is a Politician chosen by Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, the other is a great Prophet of Islam pbuh. What are you suggesting Mr. Koya?

Our mailbox has been recently flooded with statements and letters on Marzuki Yahya, the deputy foreign minister whose decision to pursue a lowly, unrecognised and undignified course from a “degree mill” caught up with him rather wickedly some 17 years later.

Degree-laden politicians, heavily titled academicians and activists leading fancy research houses that churn out useless data are all calling for Marzuki’s resignation.

They say he has misled the public about his degree because, according to the gospel called Wikipedia which they think is carved in stone, he falsely claimed that he received his education from Cambridge, that hallowed institution that some of us think of as the ultimate giver of academic recognition in our lifelong and increasingly mindless paper chase.

Then there are also those who say it is embarrassing that a senior government official put in charge of international relations holds a degree from some unknown institution that is labelled a fake university.

 

A true leader is one who is humble and honest. One can even say that great men in history succeeded because of these two traits. The Prophet Muhammad, a mere trader, was not chosen by God for his expertise in cosmology or prowess in quoting Plato. The fact is that the person tasked with leading the Arab society, known for its intellectual sophistication, was a man who could neither read nor write.

Never mind that a college dropout turned cooking buff is in charge of our sovereignty, nay our very existence, or someone trained in literature was once tasked with managing the country’s finances, and soon would lead all 32 million of us into this unknown new era that some of us have styled as Malaysia Baru.

Regular FMT readers will notice that our coverage of Marzuki’s paper qualification has not been as vigorous as has been our coverage on many other issues that have put the government side on the defensive.

We have sometimes – and this we admit – been less than complimentary in our coverage of government leaders. Some say we give too much space to that kleptocratic former leader whom a certain veteran MP has made a key ingredient in his daily regurgitations.

So why this omission of the Marzuki affair, when it is a chance to expose and shame the current government further?

It is because the media too are bound by the saying that great minds discuss ideas and small minds discuss people.

Instead of beating the deputy minister’s pinata to a pulp, we sought out the opinion of a mortal who, like Marzuki, did not have the privilege of attending an ivy league university in some snowy land, subsidised of course by the Malaysian taxpayers back home.

Marzuki and many others with lowly degrees have nothing to be ashamed of. A person’s integrity is judged through his current actions in his adult self-made life. It does not matter whether he answered a set of questions when he was going through a confusing period of adolescence.

A university education does not guarantee integrity. At best, it provides some kind of discipline in the pursuit of knowledge, plus of course a scroll that attempts to hoodwink prospective employers.

Having said that, even that discipline may be absent in the tens of thousands of graduates we produce annually from our accredited and recognised universities.

It is normal these days to find a degree holder, even one with a PhD, struggling to write in English or, for that matter, in Malay, despite decades of emphasis on the national language.

If the basic intellectual act of communicating is lost on our graduates, we cannot hope for more, and certainly not critical thinking, which is at the core of human innovation. The capacity for such thinking is given, as a rule, to those who love knowledge and exercise humility in its pursuit. It is seldom associated with those in the habit of brandishing their degrees to show they are more qualified than others to undertake certain tasks.

A true leader is one who is humble and honest. One can even say that great men in history succeeded because of these two traits. The Prophet Muhammad, a mere trader, was not chosen by God for his expertise in cosmology or prowess in quoting Plato. The fact is that the person tasked with leading the Arab society, known for its intellectual sophistication, was a man who could neither read nor write.

Abdar Rahman Koya is editor-in-chief of FMT.

 

4 thoughts on “Marzuki’s scroll, small minds and big mouths

  1. Something is very wrong when supposedly mass intelletual publication argue mortal affairs using comparison to religion. It reeks bankruptcy of idea. Why no one has talked of Marzuki performance past and presence against his fake degree? Truth is Marzuki has little to show in term of performance, mostly its about holding position which is no measure of abilities in the last regime.

  2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koya_(tribe)
    Another interesting last name. I am not here to comment on relationship of this piece of work with the editor’s last name.

    In any case, we get it, Mr editor. It is all up to Tun Dr. We get it. We are humble. We take pride in knowing that our deputy foreign minister is smart enough to earn a degree from a University linked with the word “Cambridge”. We take pride in our humility in hiding many of our real Cambridge second caste elsewhere in the world to do some more genuine foreign diplomatic work like filling paper works for immigration processes.
    We are a humble lot. We take pride in our humility. We are honest in our kiasuism.

    • Mr Editor, I understand an Ivy League pedigree is often overrated. I know first hand when I look into myself.
      I would prefer to be like Matt Sabu.
      But, it is another thing to suggest that a deputy minister in the Prime Minister office involved in giving out “diploma mill” degrees is not a real serious issue of kiasuism.
      //https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/02/08/our-degrees-may-be-unrecognised-but-not-fake-ciu-grad-says
      //Pathma completed the degree course in 2009, and attended a graduation ceremony held at a hall in Universiti Malaya, where he received his scroll from PPP politician T Murugiah, then a senator who was a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

      As a caste borned above another in this bangsa Malaysia, do you not see the issue in this defense of kiasuism in celebrating obtaining “diploma mill” degree as being virtuous, like the Prophet? What has become of Malaysia … EnslavedMalaysiaToday 😦
      We-not-layu? Surely, Melayu akan hilang di dunia.
      Is there really no more Melayu who could better take up the role of deputy foreign minister? Ever consider yourself as a better candidate since you are definitely good in knowing the importance of Fomo (fear of missing out) in this generation of kiasuism under Tun Dr’s lead.

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