People will lie to get anything. Lying is natural and often effortless. If lying comes with great rewards, the incentive to lie is difficult to resist. Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s Chief Spokesman David Tovar resigned after the company allegedly found that he had lied about his academic record in his resume, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the matter (Reuter). Forgeries of academic qualifications is not uncommon. Singapore government seems to be prone to employing foreigners with forged qualifications. Despite multiple levels of “stringent” screening, forgeries are still creeping through the “tight” security. It is either a case of sophisticated forgeries or one of total incompetence on the part of the employers.Read more: When Leaders Lie
Some recent cases reported in Singapore are listed below:
- NUS hired an associate professor with a fake PHD
- 25 Foreign talents jailed for using faked degrees
- Hundreds of foreigners with fake degrees nabbed in Singapore
- 18 Chinese nationals jailed over fake degrees
- Singaporean questions whether Alan Ramos’ Harvard degree is real
- NUS finds ex-don guilty of fraud
Faking is also prevalent in western political offices in recent times. There is no public outcry or official sanctions of such public behaviours. On the contrary, this has become a pre-requisite for high political offices. If you cannot cheat or lie, the job is just too difficult for you.
RT News – “US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has been caught posting unverified images on his Twitter feed Monday, as he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine.
Ambassador Pyatt first uploaded a picture of US and Ukrainian troops, which he said was taken in the morning at the military exercises in western Ukraine. Internet users quickly pointed out that the photo had already been published as early as July 31.
The ambassador then posted a picture of a German tank allegedly taking part in the drills. His tweet said that the Leopard 2 tank is taking part in Rapid Trident exercises near Lvov.
However, Twitter users found out that the posted image was actually taken from a YouTube video uploaded nearly one year ago – in October 2013.
UK journalist and RT contributor Graham Phillips called Pyatt out on Twitter, calling the ambassador a “liar” for posting old photographs.
This is not the first time ambassador Pyatt has been caught in a controversy over Ukraine’s internal affairs.
Earlier this year, a leaked conversation between Pyatt and US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland revealed the two of them discussing Ukrainian opposition leaders’ roles in the country’s future government.
“F**k the EU,” Nuland allegedly said in the phone call with Pyatt, which was taped and posted on YouTube in February.”
Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.