MALAYSIAN students have taken to the Internet to boycott Curtin University of Technology for awarding the Malaysian prime minister’s wife with an honorary doctorate.
Facebook group “Boycott Curtin University till Rosmah Mansor’s Doctorate Revoked” has attracted more than 1,700 members since the Perth university presented Rosmah Mansor with an honorary doctorate of letters for “her dedication to early education” on Saturday.
Many Malaysians have used the Facebook group to criticise Curtin’s choice of recipient, saying the early childhood centres Mansor was being recognised for, Permata, were controversy-riddled and tax-payer funded.
“Curtin should do some back ground check on her first. especially try and found out what the MALAYSIAN think of her (sic),” one comment read.
Two Curtin alumni expressed their disappointment with the award by posting images of their respective degrees from their alma mater ripped to shreds and set on fire.
Curtin University’s Facebook page has also been inundated by comments from angry Malaysians.
In a statement posted to Curtin University’s Facebook page, Vice- Chancellor Jeanette Hacket said the university would not be revoking Mansor’s award despite the criticism.
“We acknowledge that there are a range of views on this award, but the University stands by its decision to grant the honorary doctorate,” she wrote.
Curtin University has a long-standing relationship with Malaysia, setting up campus in East Malaysia in 1999.
Malaysia is also one of the top 6 contributors to Curtin’s international student community, according to education placement service provider, IDP Education.