KOTA MARUDU – Parti Bersatu Sabah wants those with Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) qualifications to be allowed to enter the civil service and state based educational institutions.
Noting that the move has been adopted by the Sarawak Government, PBS acting president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said there was no reason why UEC qualification of independent Chinese schools is not recognised by the State Government.
“Over 300 universities around the world accept UEC students and more than 89 of the Top 200 Universities (as prepared by The Times publication) accept the enrolment of UEC graduates to pursue tertiary education in their universities.
“This clearly indicates the global recognition of this educational qualification. So why should we have doubts (on UEC)?” Ongkili asked when addressing 800 people who attended the 2017 Ang Pow Festival and Dinner to recognise the contributions of senior citizens in Kota Marudu, here, Friday.
Ongkili, however, said that in respect to acceptance of UEC to Federal Civil Service and public universities, PBS concur with the view of the Federal Government that the two subjects – Bahasa Malaysia and History, be subjected to revision in their syllabus for the discussion to ensure they are in line with national education policy.
“I have no doubt the Chinese students can pass the Bahasa Malaysia subject, but there is a need to ensure there is sufficient content of the Malaysian history in the history syllabus,” said the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.
He added that PBS urges the Education Ministry to continue engagement with the Dong Jiao Zong, a joint collective between the Chinese School Teachers and School Committees Associations in Malaysia, to recognise the UEC qualification.
PBS also urges the the State Government to take further action on the issue, and would continue to pursue the matter for the sake of the Chinese community and students.
On another development, Ongkili said the sole Chinese school in Kota Marudu, Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Khoi Ming, has served the communities here well.
“In fact, the Kadazandusun and Bajau communities make up to about 80 per cent from its overall pupil population,” he said.
At the event, Ongkili also presented a personal donation of RM20,000 for Tadika Khoi Ming.
There were also donations of RM200,000 and RM23,305 from Pitas Palm Oil Mill Sdn Bhd and BS Group Charity 999, respectively, for the Lembaga Tadika Khoi Ming Kota Marudu; and RM50,000 donation from Ekovest Berhad for SJKC Khoi Ming building fund.