Legco omissions only add to diploma dispute

New pro-Beijing members – who claimed to have degrees – leave them off list of qualifications

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 October, 2016, 9:10pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 October, 2016, 9:47pm

The mystery has deepened around the academic credentials of two newly elected pro-Beijing legislators after both left their qualifications blank in their lawmaker biographies published over the weekend.

Wilson Or Chong-shing and Elizabeth Quat, both of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), were returned from Kowloon East and New Territories East respectively in last month’s elections.

Or’s qualifications came into question when Nottingham Trent University – where he claimed he got a master’s degree – told Ming Pao in August they could find no record of him on their database.

Quat also left the “education and professional qualification” section in her biography blank. But she once claimed she got bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, as well as PhD in management, from Greenwich University in Hawaii.

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Corporate activist David Webb later found that Greenwich University was not accredited by the education department of the United States when Quat completed the degrees in the 1990s.

Quat did not mention where she got the degrees on her personal website either, writing that she got a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Hong Kong in 2010.

Or and Quat could not be reached for comment.

And some newly elected legislators apparently failed to have their biographies properly proofread before sending them to Legislative Council staff.

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Civic Passion’s Cheng Chung-tai, one of six localists to have entered the legislature, stated he had a PhD in “sociolosy”– an apparent typo on “sociology” – and did not spell out that it was from Peking University.

He also misspelled his office address as “Tuen Mum”, which in fact should be “Tuen Mun”.

Barrister Eunice Yung Hoi-yan, who has in fact obtained a JD – a Juris Doctor degree – from City University, stated she had obtained an “FD” instead.