Published: Wednesday October 17, 2012 MYT 1:55:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday October 17, 2012 MYT 3:10:18 PM
Dr Hou: No local university, institution involved in sale of fake degrees
KUALA LUMPUR: The Higher Education Ministry has not received any report regarding sales of fake degrees by local private or public higher learning institutions.
Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung told Parliament that the ministry found out that a private company and certain individuals were behind the sale of the degrees of foreign universities and institutions as were reported in the press.
The company is not registered with the ministry, he told Datuk Johari Abdul (PKR-Sungai Petani) during Question Time.
Johari had asked the ministry to state the measures taken to curb the problem of selling fake degrees in the country.
Dr Hou said only 0.2 percent of the foreign student population were involved in social problems and crime.
He said police statistics showed that there were 224 cases of the students with valid passes who were nabbed for various criminal offences last year.
The amount of cases is still small and the situation can be considered as being under control, he told Datuk Seri Zin Mohamed (BN-Sepang).
Zin wanted to know the measures taken other than screening on foreign students before they are allowed to study at local higher learning institutions.