(Hardly looked like a composed PhD student – Image source: TheStar)
Hamood Sheehab Hamid, 45, was charged with committing the offence driving in a reckless and dangerous manner, under section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, at the traffic light exit to USM, at Jalan Transkrian about 9.45am.
However, no plea was recorded because Hamood could neither understand English nor Malay.
Pakatan Rakyat’s Lim Kit Siang asked:-
Can you believe it? A PhD student in Universiti Sains Malaysia who cannot understand English or Malay! What medium of instruction is the student using in USM?
USM website states:-
Degree programmes are taught in the national language Bahasa Malaysia or the Malay language and English.
The medium of instruction is Bahasa Malaysia. International students who do not have the knowledge of the language will have to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the language as part of the entrance selection criteria.
Prospective candidates who are not sufficiently proficient in the language ill be required to undergo a preparatory programme of six months duration (one semester) prior to admissions into the degree course. This course is offered four times a year (one semester) prior to admissions into the degree course. This course is offered four times a year.
The question is how did the Hamood pass through the initial selection?
It will be interesting to see how USM response to this especially the course that Hamood Sheehab Hamid was taking is in electronic engineering. Or is Hamood doing another “I don’t know English” tactic in the courts, made famous by one local politician in Australia and hope to get away with it. If he is carrying million of cash, maybe, but this is not the case. Not when someone got killed due to reckless driving.
Frankly speaking, having this kind of foreigners in country seems more frightening than having the lowly paid Bangladesh factory workers, don’t you think so?