Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri has recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine by Nihon University in Japan, one of the most distinguished and oldest private universities in Japan.
The honorary degree was awarded in appreciation of Ismail’s efforts and contributions in the fight against Covid-19.
According to Bernama, Ismail Sabri, who was the Senior Minister and Minister of Defence when the pandemic broke out in early 2020, was entrusted the duty of leading the Security Cluster and to chair every special meeting of Ministers in the fight against Covid-19.
In his acceptance speech, Ismail expressed his appreciation and said that the achievement was not only for him but for the entire Malaysian Family who had been standing in solidarity with the government in facing the pandemic.
“Indeed, the award is a great recognition not only for me but for the entire Malaysian Family who has proven our ability to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic in our own way,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malaysians are not going well with this award to the prime minister. Many took to social media to express their disbelief.
“What contribution? Returning from Sabah without having to quarantine?! Did you know that 35,600 of the rakyat have died?”
Inilah contoh, bangang pun boleh dapat PhD ya saudara-saudari. PhD in Medicine pulak tu!— azrulfitri™ (@azrulazimi) May 24, 2022
"He was awarded the honorary degree in recognition of his contributions in the fight against Covid-19".
WHAT CONTRIBUTION? BALIK SABAH TAK PERLU KUARANTIN?!
35,600 rakyat mati tau tak? pic.twitter.com/eV66jIYn0i
Another netizen tagged their university’s Twitter account and said that they’ve made a big mistake. “Countless Malaysians lost their lives during the pandemic due to the incompetence of Ismail Sabri,” he said.
Meanwhile, one netizen found out that the Japanese university is not recognised by the Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA) and that Ismail is receiving an honorary doctorate by a university not even recognized by his own government.
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