Last Updated: 2012-07-31
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PETALING JAYA, Malaysia July 31 (NNN-Bernama) -- Employers are advised to do their own background checks on prospective employees to avoid recruiting those with fake university degrees.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung pointed out that reported cases of the sale of fake certifications included those issued in the name of non-existent foreign universities as well as fake degrees purportedly issued by a local university.

"I would advise employers to do background checks on employees if there are reasons to believe that the latter may have obtained fake certifications," he told reporters after attending an event in Bandar Sunway, here today.

Meanwhile, Universiti Sains Malaysia's (USM) Public Relations Unit deputy
registrar Mohamad Abdullah said the university had always maintained good
relations with employers.

"We've had employers contacting us to query about their prospective employees but most of them are Singaporean companies. Local companies do that too but not a lot," he said.

He said that employers may contact him at 04-6532193 or via email at pro@usm.my to inquire about the authenticity of certificates issued by the university.

Mohamad said the verification process would take less than a week. --NNN-BERNAMA