(Question: Doesn’t it strange for someone who does not understand English to fly thousands of kilometres to enrol into a foreign university that teaches in English? Image source: www.montevallo.edu)
An Iraqi national pursuing a doctorate degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) who was charged in the Jawi magistrate’s court here claimed he did not know English or Bahasa Malaysia.
The case was then fixed for March 23 so an Arabic interpreter could be found to translate the charge.
Hamood Shehab Hamid, 45, was charged with reckless driving and causing the death of a 27-year-old postgraduate student who was riding a motorcycle.
He was charged with committing the offence at the traffic lights near the main entrance of USM in Jalan Transkrian, South Seberang Prai district, at about 9.45am on Feb 11.
He was charged with driving a car in a reckless and dangerous manner which caused the death of Fadilah Abdul Halim, a student at the same university.
Hamood, who is doing his doctorate in electronics engineering, claimed he could not speak or understand English or Bahasa Malaysia.
Magistrate Ahmad Izham Ali fixed March 23 for the case to be re-mentioned with an Arabic interpreter. No plea was recorded yesterday.
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.
Someone had died due to reckless driving.
The question is how did Hamood pass through the initial selection to be accepted for his PhD program?
For the records, USM has called on Hamood’s bluff:-
The Iraqi national who was charged in a magistrate’s court for reckless driving last week produced three journals on engineering in English which were published by international bodies.
Vice-chancellor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Razak said Hamood Shehab Hamid, 45, has been doing his doctorate in electronics engineering for the past one-and-a-half years.
“There is no reason for Hamood to say that he did not know English since he wrote the three journals.
“I have no idea why he made such a claim. Anyway it is a court case now, and we will wait for the decision.
“If he is not convicted, we will carry out our own investigations and decide on the action to be taken against him,” he said after opening a workshop at USM here yesterday.
The question 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. Further by claiming that he does not understand English or Bahasa, it is obvious that he is wasting the court’s time to postpone the hearing and appoint an Arabic interpreter.
Frankly speaking, having this kind of foreigners in the country seems more frightening than having the lowly paid Bangladesh factory workers, don’t you think so?