Saturday August 4, 2012
‘To Serve With Love’ publisher offers refunds
THE publisher of To Serve With Love, which was written based on the experience of a “doctor” whose academic qualifications were publicly questioned, has offered to refund buyers of the book, major Chinese dailies reported.
Global Confucius Centre (M) Sdn Bhd, in a statement, said those who had donated to Winson Seow, 26, could also get their refunds if they wished to, Sin Chew Daily reported.
“Purchasers of the book can get a full refund. Donors can have their donations back if they wish.
“There will be a full account of the activities. The wait will not be long,” it said.
Seow was in the spotlight recently following doubts voiced by Netizens over his achievements.
He claimed that he possessed a string of qualifications from Peking University Health Science Centre, King's College London and The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Seow, who completed his secondary school education at Pay Fong High School, Malacca, in 2005, had apparently said that he held qualifications to be a trauma surgeon, emergency physician and psychologist.
He had also claimed to have served in war-torn countries.
The publisher said it took the allegations seriously and was asking Seow to respond by piecing his story together with supporting documents.
“He is doing so right now,” it said, adding that Seow did not ask for a book to be written nor did he ask to be interviewed.
It said the publication of the book or the donations were not initiated by Seow.
“Winson, did not through this exercise, benefit one bit because the donations and book sales money are all sitting in the accounts,” it added.
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