Pro-government academic Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah is alleged to have taught 'ethnic cleansing' at the National Defence University of Malaysia. - The Malaysian Insider pic, December 3, 2013.The Defence Ministry will investigate claims that pro-government academic Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah taught "ethnic cleansing" at the National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM).
Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said while he does not have the full information, it was not wrong for the associate professor to touch on the issue if it was based on facts.
"We have to be fair, we have to look and see whether the subject was to educate students or was it taught in a seditious manner," he said in replying to a query from Teresa Kok (DAP - Seputeh) who had wanted to know whether the controversial academic had taught "ethnic cleansing" to his students.
Saying academicians at UPNM were knowledgable and experienced, Abdul Rahim said there was no harm if the subject was taught factually.
Ridhuan, a columnist for Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia, had previously shrugged off accusations of plagiarism, saying his critics were out to "character assassinate" him.
Kok had alleged that Ridhuan copied an article originally written by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia lecturer Dr Airil Yasreen Mohd Yassin.
"If you compare both articles, you will find that Ridhuan has copied almost the whole article from Dr Airil, including the grammar mistakes in the original article, without any attribution to the writer," she had said.
Ridhuan's former colleague, Senator Dr Ariffin S. M. Omar, had claimed that Ridhuan had been plagued by allegations of plagiarism but was promoted.
"An investigation was launched but the vice-chancellor and the deputy vice-chancellor of academics at that time did not take any action against Ridhuan and instead he was promoted," Dr Ariffin said, adding that Ridhuan's elevation did not sit well with other lecturers at UPNM.
"We have sacked students who were found to have plagiarised their papers. And what more when a lecturer is found to do the same? Are we saying that it is alright for a member of the teaching staff to do it?" he asked. - December 3, 2013.