Fake thesis and pseudo-PhDs –
no excuse why Higher Education Ministry has not launched a full inquiry to
root out such university fraud and intellectual dishonesty
Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
New Straits Times carried a
scoop today with its front-page expose: “PSST, WANT YOUR THESIS
WRITTEN” and its page 4 lead story “Phantom writers an 'open
secret'” on “Hundreds of master's and PhD students are getting
‘professional thesis writers’ to pen their theses”.
The Higher Education Ministry is aware of such intellectual fraud and
university scam but is not doing anything about it.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Ong Tee Kiat admitted:
"I have heard that some
students are even placing notices at campuses requesting for the services
of thesis writers.
"There are also those who offer their services by placing notices at the
"The institutions should immediately find out who these people are."
Ong advised students not to
resort to such unethical means to obtain their degrees as they were not
only cheating themselves but also society.
He said his ministry was not unable to take action as the students, the
professional thesis writers nor the institutions of higher learning had
come forward with complaints or information.
The NST reported a case of RM8, 000 paid by a mature student to get a
Masters thesis written.
The market rates for such fake thesis writing are:
Term Papers RM17 per
Academic writing RM153 per page
Custom-made term papers
5-10 Days Delivery
RM44.20 per page
3-4 Days Delivery
RM51 per page
2 Days Delivery
RM68 per page
14-Hour – Next Morning Delivery RM92 per page
Ong is wrong and seriously remiss in discharging his duties as Deputy
Higher Education Minister in not doing anything to check and eradicate
these intellectual fraudulent malpractices in our universities.
Since Ong knew about such intellectual fraud of fake thesis writing and
pseudo-PhDs, the Higher Education Minister, Datuk Mustapha Mohamed would
have known or Ong would have failed in his duty in not keeping his
Minister informed of such serious intellectual transgressions in our
Why Mustapha or Ong didn’t sent officers from his Ministry incognito into
universities where such intellectual malpractices are rampant to verify
and root them out?
Is this because intellectual dishonesty is the order of the day in the
entire Malaysian university system with the adoption of the fraudulent
meritocracy system by equating two completely different examinations –
STPM and matriculation – of the same standards for university entrance
despite the vast gap in intellectual attainments for both examinations?
So long as Mustapha and Ong continue to defend the indefensible, claiming
that STPM and matriculation are of the same standards, refusing to
jettison the fraudulent meritocracy system and replace it with a common
university entrance examination for all students, nobody can expect them
to be rigorous about upholding high intellectual standards to ensure
university quality and excellence.
It is no wonder that our universities are also plagued by other abuses and
malpractices of intellectual dishonesty or fraud, like plagiarism by
university lecturers. In fact, there is one case where an academician who
was promoted to be Vice Chancellor although he had been dogged by serious
allegations of plagiarism.
Mustapha and Ong cannot sit pretty doing nothing about the New Straits
Times expose of fake thesis writing and pseudo-PhDs if they are serious
about the Higher Education Strategic Plan to create world-class
universities – even if it is going to take decades.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman