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“Was this a paid tweet?” – Maszlee Malik Slammed For Promoting Local College’s Diploma in Aviation


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Former education minister Dr Maszlee Malik recently found himself facing some backlash after he was accused of being paid for promoting a local university’s diploma in aviation course.

In a Twitter post, Maszlee wrote, “Courses that guarantee a good income! I was surprised to see the courses offered at MERITUS University, Kuala Lumpur. These are some of them. These courses have wide job opportunities, and promise a decent income.”


He went on to share the university’s website link and said, “It’s a pity that this university is not as popular as other private universities.”


Diploma in aviation?

For those who are unaware, there is actually no need for a diploma to become a pilot. The minimum entry requirements to get a commercial pilot licence are:

  • Minimum age of 17
  • Fluent in the English language
  • Completion of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with 5 credits (including English, Mathematics and Science) or “O” level equivalent for prospective candidates outside Malaysia
  • Completion of a Class I or II medical examination by a CAAM-approved medical practitioner
  • Letter of Approval from the CAAM


What are you promoting?

Maszlee’s post has since gone viral and drawn a lot of flak from netizens who slammed him for promoting a diploma in aviation which is not even necessary for those who want to become pilots.

“Please, if you want to become a pilot enter flying school, don’t waste your time and money by entering university.”

Another commented, ” Go to flying school to get your licence. Not university.”

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Meanwhile, other netizens accused Maszlee of getting paid for promoting the university.

“Is this a paid tweet? Even promoted the website link. Please clarify.”

A user said, “Why are you promoting something that many say is not even that useful to be a pilot.”

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What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.


Also read: Maszlee Malik’s Daughter’s Professor Mistakes Him for Late Chairman Mao, M’sians are Puzzled

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