University criticised for Kim Jong Un economics award

A Malaysian university faced public criticism last week for awarding an honorary doctorate in economics to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose country is among the poorest in the world, reports Associated Press.

The privately run HELP University said a “simple ceremony” to mark the conferment was held in early October at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. The North Korean ambassador to Malaysia accepted the honour on Kim’s behalf.

The event initially received little attention in this South East Asian nation but was reported briefly by North Korea’s official Central News Agency. It attracted criticism on social networks in Malaysia last week after the US-based Foreign Policy magazine posted a blog that expressed surprise about the decision.
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