Of Datukships And Doctorates
SME Magazine Singapore|February 2019
Of Datukships And Doctorates

Bought degrees including MBAs and doctorates are rampant in this country.

William Ng

Indeed there is a really thin line between what’s genuine and what’s not, given the dismal standards of some of our local colleges. If you pay for your college degree for which you do study for – but with a passing mark in the low twenties – would that count as a real degree or a fake degree?

Similarly, our obsession for royal titles – including Datukships is well known. Decades ago, being bestowed such a title by one of the Sultans, state Governors or the Agong is very prestigious – and the culmination of a life in public service. Today, it is not uncommon to see Datuks in their twenties, proudly displaying the Datukship crest on the front of their car.


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February 2019