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How educated are our future leaders.. UMNO Youth Exco...

How educated are UMNO Youth Exco...

I came acrossed many friends whom never graduated but claimed they are graduates from various local universities and even from international universities. Verifying graduates are as difficult to authenticate similar to verifying honorific titles such as Tan Sri, Datuk or Dato'ship. In a society when majority are graduates and many are Datuk(s) and Dato'(s), everybody took for granted that everybody is as per what they claim to be because verifying it is pointless and a waste of time... almost impossible.

Being a graduate and a business owner, I had interviewed too many graduates that I could notice almost instantly when a person is a graduate or otherwise and locally or from overseas. Unlike the conferment of honorific titles, a person cannot act to be graduate especially in thinking and conversation substances.

Once, in the mid 90s, whilst being attached to Guthrie, Industrial Relation Department upon graduation, I had to write to various universities for verification (of Guthrie new employees) of their graduation and confirmation of their exam transcript but without success... except from a few foreign universities.

Now, with too many graduates, university registrars require (for verification) the actual year of graduation and their Degree subject major. Without this detail, the verification is almost impossible. Thus, the accuracy of information is of utmost important.

Akin of employment recruitment, we should know our leaders' credentials too before we vote and pledge our support for them. Obviously, our leaders should be smarter than us... to lead us. Otherwise, any uneducated man who are voted into PAS can claim anything as Haram or unislamic (as an example) under the Islamic banner, although really, he doesnt qualify to make any religious statement. Similarly, it will be embarassing to us when our leaders continuously having to rely on 'external' intelligence to make a stand.... without the externals, perhaps the reason for all the 'echo' statements....

My dad once told me during childhood... that Malays only have 2 career in mind as an ambition. First to be a politician and second to be an Artist (singing or acting) because both career doesnt require any education. Now that I have the resources to research... I hope the old 'dilemma' is Untrue....

Benchmarking University Bachelor Degree graduate as a minimum qualification, how many graduates are there in our UMNO Youth is the first part of many series to come. The source of information is via internet search such as Googling various local and foreign university alumni lists and past convocation record as well as browsing individual exco profiles on facebook, blogs and webpages. Those that is listed as "NO DEGREE" means their educational information is not listed or not available online or as it literally means 'NO DEGREE'* and those with graduate record, an email was sent to their respective university for verification.

I welcome any corrections or amendments to the posting and will update any inaccurate information if informed. As this blog posting is written, an email was sent via FB to: (1) YB Khairy for the list of his youth exco educational background, (2) Zamakhsari for PAS youth exco educational background and (4) Tan Wei Wun for the PKR youth exco (AMK) educational background. I do not believe their tertiary education background is a confidential information especially for politician whom suppose to be marketing/selling themselves, in fact I think they should be proud of their educational achievement(s) (if any).

I havent received any reply emails yet from any of them but thusfar, the result from internet research is as follows:

ONLY 9 out of the 43 UMNO youth exco is a University Bachelor degree graduates and only YB Khairy & Anuar Safian are a post-graduate Master degree holder.

1) Youth Chief : Khairy Jamaluddin, Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics & Economics; Oxford University, Master Legal & Political Theory; University College London (UCL) UK (1998). Khairy is the most qualified as far as education is concern.

2) Dep Chief (Management Committee) : Dato Razali Ibrahim, Bachelor in Law (LLB); Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (1994)

3) International/Peace Malaysia: Datuk Ahmad Zaki Zahid, Bachelor in Law (LLB); University of Bristol, UK (1994)

4) Politic Education: Ali Mazat, Bachelor in Civil Engineering; University Malaya (UM), Malaysia (year graduation-unknown)

5) New Media: Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, Bachelor in Pharmacy; University Science of Malaysia (USM), Malaysia (1990)

6) Kelantan: Anuar Safian, Bachelor Entrepreneurship; American European University (distance learning?) (1993) Masters in Leadership; Oxford Centre for leadership (Oxcel) (2007).

7) Information: Dato Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Bachelor in Arabic Language and Literature; International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia (1996)

8) Debate & Resolutions: Lokman Noor Adam (Mara University of technology (UiTM) but unknown if its diploma or degree) (1993)

9) BN Youth & 1Malaysia: Mohd Faizal Ramli (appointed exco) Bachelor in Management & Marketing, University Science of Malaysia (USM), Malaysia (1995)

*34 UMNO Youth exco are NON University graduate!!???

10) Putera UMNO: Megat Zulkarnain Omardin

11) Art & Culture: Jamawi Jaafar

12) Socio Ethic: Mohamad Iruan Zulkefli

13) Asst Secretary : Megat Firdouz Tan Sri Megat Junid

14) Asst Treasurer : Dato Rozabil Ab Rahman

15) Rural Development: Datuk Wan Amizan Wan Abdul Razak

16) Urban Development: Tengku Azman Tengku Zainal Abidin

17) NGO Liaison: Suffian Awang

18) Pulau Pinang: Norman Zahalan

19) Wilayah Persekutuan: Rizalman Dato Mokhtar

20) Melaka: Karim Yaacob

21) Johor: Mohd Fadil Muskon

22) Sports: Datuk Ahmad Darus

23) Agriculture and Primary Industry: Zubir Zabidi

24) Soohaimi Shahadan (Economic & entrepreneur Development)

25) Hishamuddin Yahaya (Membership & Selection)

26) Mohd Gasing Saling (Education)

27) Syahrin Jamaluddin (Higher Education)

28) Ustaz Mohd Afandi Yusof (Religious)

29) Datuk Mohamad Khairun Aseh (Community Complain)

30) Shafiqurrahman Shamsuddin (Young Profesionals)

31) Nazir Husin Akhtar Hussin (Young Worker)

32) Badrol Hisham Zaki (Government Liaison)

33) Mohd Anis Hisham Abd Aziz (Perang Saraf) (appointed exco)

34) Khairul Azwan Harun (Youth Academy) (appointed exco)

35) Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman (Special function) (appointed exco)

36) Mohsin Mohd Yusoff (Perlis)

37) Badrol Hisham hashim (Kedah)

38) Maslin Sham Razman (Perak)

39) Suhaimi Mohd Ghazali (Selangor)

40) Mohd Helmy Din (Negeri Sembilan)

41) Abu Jimi Samat (Pahang)

42) Saiful Bahri Baharuddin (Terengganu)

43) Azman Ruslan (Sabah)

If 80% of our future leaders did not even possess any University degree...??? Maybe thats why Pemuda is against PPSMI... maybe they dont understand.. :-D just kidding..

*I am waiting impatiently for YB Khairy's reply to update the 34 non-graduate details (if my record is inaccurate)..... in the mean time, Stay Tune for PAS Youth exco educational background details.....

In case, YB Khairy is too busy with the people, I welcome his office or exco to update the details too... Without any update from anybody.. probably my statistic is regrettably true.

Note: this blog, will be continuously updated for latest information... hence, for any update from any party and/or upon verification received from their respective university...

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  1. Salam

    Was browsing your website re: the qualifications of UMNO Youth Exco. Very interesting project and I am looking forward to see your piece on how UMNO Youth compare with other exco of youth wings of Malaysian political parties.

    Am querying the quals of Anuar Safian (Kelantan), Bachelor Entrepreneurship; American European University (distance learning?) (1993) Masters in Leadership; Oxford Centre for leadership (Oxcel) (2007).

    I have long been interested in degree mills and their use of Malaysia (and other Asian developing nations) as a basis for legitimisation / legitimising their operations. Is American European University the same as European-American University, or an affiliate? Because the latter made the list of unaccredited institutions that is listed by the State of Oregon in the US - which is the list of potential degree mills.

    Secondly, Oxcel is not an institution that awards degrees, but in their own words: "OXCEL Certifications are not degrees, but certifications that offer professional recognition of the participants leadership competencies"

    Therefore I would also query equating Anuar Sufian's Master certification from OXCEL to Khairy Jamaluddin's Legal and Political Theory from UCL as per your blog.

    In the interest of transparency and the future of the leadership of Malaysia, my opinion is thatI think we need to start purging degree mills from the CVs of all our leaders. I would rather be led by someone who does not have a degree (but has integrity) rather than someone wanting to pass off non-academic quals as a proper traditional degree in the way we understand it.


  2. Hello there,

    1. Love it. High possibilty you want to show that UMNO needs more degree and PhD guys.

    2. Yes i agree that degrees and graduates are considered valuable to the society perception today.

    3. But for me, i have to disagree with you, degrees and bachelorship doesnt answer anything, it just shows that where u skill trade, it is just supporting. But if those degree and bachelor holders doesn't back up by sheer self-determination, honor, pure genius, hard work and sincerity. It wont mean a thing.

    4. Do u noticed that nowadays, we have tonnes of degree holders but not many among them are "light bulbs"?

    5. Usually I interviewed people by testing their EQ, IQ, their resourcefulness,perception and adaptibility instead of their qualifications. Qualifications will come at the last part by just asking the weather of their universities their studied in.

    6. In 2000 to 2004, our organisation produced higher book order compared to other construction player in first board, our boss was interviewed by TV3 why didnt go listing. My boss too reluctant to share his staff to other new share holders. Btw our organisation have impressed Tun Mahathir,and he was onboard on our high-tech flagship.

    8. Majority of the workers and crew of our organisation are non-qualified at first and since our boss gave them a chance to prove themselves they work so hard and serious dedication making the qualified engineers having hard time to cope up. The degree holders end-up working hard too like high-ranking slave because they also got infected by hard working attitudes of the non-qualified personnel. So at the end the organisation benefits it.

    7. The methods that how we choose our people and our management conduct that rewards hard work and performance first and everyone either degree holders or non-degree holders shall be treated equally can be applied to UMNO youth today. In short I would say it is a combination of street smarts and book smarts. Do u know that the engineers, work managers that put together Palm Jumeirah in Dubai majority of them barely have diploma?

    8. The conclusion is, what UMNO youth need are not degree holders, they need heart, hard work, sheer determination, pure genius with "light bulbs" ideas, sincerity and most important sense of brotherhood among each other. That was UMNO youth today lacking not degree holders. The degrees just the secondary factor. BTW pure genius is a gift, it didnt come from degree.

    10. It works both ways in PKR, they have more graduates running PKR States especially Selangor the rich state, but tell me are there any sparks happening there? Are there any "light bulbs" ideas that could enhance Selangor economy? No theres aren't any. Kinda sad, why? They also lack the same thing that UMNO youth are lacking, the difference is PKR degree holders talks too much.

    11. I'll give you some of the names that put to shame all the degree holders and masters and Phds. Einstein and Bill Gates ;P, so how they succeed? again, sheer determination, god given pure genius, heart and hard work.

    12. Therefore all UMNO youth need to be put to the equal test whether they have degrees or not. If they have past the "gauntlet" then they deserve the recognition and leadership.

    13. For me regarding all the UMNO youth leaderships that have degrees nowadays are just bunch of high-priced babies that talked too much. All of them need to be tested and whipped.

  3. Salam ID,

    my apology for the late reply. Was caught up with endless work.

    I agree integrity plays is more crucial than university degree but integrity cannot be measure or assessed. If tertiary education is excluded from the CV, then what is the fundamental judgement for recruitment (or voting)?

    Anonymous 2,

    Thank you for your email and my apology the same for the late reply.

    I did not want to illustrate that umno needs more graduate and phd guys. i was merely studying the various personalities and backgrounder of umno youth, pas youth as well as other youth wing of other political party.

    The voting for the respective youth exco illustrate how the political party members view or chose or elect their leaders.

    umno youth, and/or whichever youth wings, are the future leaders and sometime I really wonder if the youth wings (actually deliberate and intellectually discuss) before the 'saya sokong' or 'setuju' remark echo'ing their bosses's stand.

    If they are all intelligent and educated, the ‘saya sokong’ echo statement would have had a better impact.

    Those non-graduates that are successful are successfull in their own field and not via 'election' or voting process. They work via employment or own business and slowly strive to be the best. However, if anybody needed to be voted into office, their educational background must be made known and its up to the public to view or assess on whatever information available to either vote or reject the candidate.

    of course, experience and family background are equally as important.

  4. Thank you for the information.

    I shall take note of what is stated in this blog as a guidance whilst speaking to these individual non graduates.

  5. I tend to agree with the first anonymous's arguement, a degree is just a degree. There are other things which is less measurable that is desired when it comes to politics.

    I agree also with the first person's comment about the legibility of the institution. To many are graduates of business institution where money buys you a degree.

    Finally, to the author. I think your article is misleading as it assumes those that don't reply don't have degrees. I know for a fact you are missing one Middlesex University Degree and one Norwich University MBA in your list of people without degrees.

    Glass half full or half empty?


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