PETALING JAYA: Another two local universities have denied conferring doctorates (PhD) to motivational speaker Azizan Osman.
These latest clarifications from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL) come after Universiti Malaya’s (UM) denial yesterday that Azizan had received a “doctorate with honors” from them.
IUKL, in a statement today, confirmed that the Master’s of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy were not conferred to Azizan.
“We hope that this addresses the confusion regarding the allegations.”
Meanwhile, Berita Harian reported that a spokesman from UKM had confirmed that Azizan’s name was not listed as a PhD in Psychology holder from the university as claimed.
Azizan is well known as a motivational speaker and is also the founder of Richworks Group of Companies.
Earlier yesterday, when e-mailed to ask for Richworks’ comments on UM’s statement, FMT received an automated reply, thanking it for queries and keen interest in joining their programme.
However, later last night, Richworks, in a statement, said they took the matter seriously.
“We have sought further clarification and the outcome of the inquiry will be communicated once the process has run its course,” it said.
Richworks added they acknowledged the inconvenience it may have caused and were committed to continue delivering the highest value to their clients and partners.
“We are humbled by their loyalty and support and we will address this as efficiently as possible.”
Yesterday, UM stressed that it never conferred a PhD (Hon) in Entrepreneurship to Azizan and hoped the explanation would put to rest the confusion among the public after the matter of Azizan’s alleged doctorate from UM surfaced on social media.
Checks on Richworks’ website found that under Azizan’s biodata page, he is described as the holder of a “PhD (Hon) Entrepreneurship (UM)” in the heading.
In his biography , it says that he has a diploma in investment analysis from Universiti Institut Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in 1996, and later obtained an MBA and a PhD (Management) from “a local university in 2009”.
On his official Twitter page, Azizan describes himself as an entrepreneur, a marketing strategist, author, trainer, coach and television celebrity.
He is known for his motivational courses which relate to starting up businesses which several local celebrities have also attended.
Among his talks are the “Millionaire Marketing Mastery”, which charges RM2,997 for a three-day session.
Azizan has yet to personally respond to the matter.