Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) – an apex university has a lot of things to explain here.

An Iraqi national pursuing a doctorate degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) who was charged in the Jawi magistrate’s court here claimed he did not know English or Bahasa Malaysia.

The case was then fixed for March 23 so an Arabic interpreter could be found to translate the charge.

Hamood Shehab Hamid, 45, was charged with reckless driving and causing the death of a 27-year-old postgraduate student who was riding a motorcycle.

He was charged with committing the offence at the traffic lights near the main entrance of USM in Jalan Transkrian, South Seberang Prai district, at about 9.45am on Feb 11.

How is someone like Hamood Shehab Hamid (there could few more like him) can pursue a Doctor of Philosophy program at the university despite admitted he doesn’t understand English and Bahasa Malaysia?