By THOMAS G MUMPIN
KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Christina Liew fully supports the announcement by the Chief Minister that the Sabah Government recognises the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) for entry to public institutions of higher learning (IPTA) as well as admission to the Public Service sector.
Christina, who is deputy Chief Minister described the official announcement by Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal “as great news for the people of Sabah in general and the Chinese community in particular.”
“As Minister, I fully support the Government’s decision and thank the Chief Minister for recognising the UEC. This is a long-awaited and overdue recognition, and we sincerely thank him for his strong support and decision.
“It is indeed good news for the nine Chinese independent secondary schools in the State, which offer this qualification,” she said in a statement issued here, Sunday.
Liew, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, said the favourable move showed that the Government was walking the talk.
“The recognition of UEC was one of the election pledges by both Pakatan Harapan and Parti Warisan in the 14th General Election last year,” she said.
The UEC is a standardised test for Chinese independent secondary school students organised by the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (UCSCAM or Dong Zong) since 1975.
Shafie made the announcement on UEC recognition when officiating at the Parti Warisan Mid-Autmn Festival celebration at Lintas Plaza on Saturday night.
“The Sabah Government has decided to recognise the UEC. There are only a few things that need to be considered for us to work out not only for university entry but also for admission to the State Public Service,” he was quoted as saying.
According to Shafie, the State Education Department had also supported the proposal to recognise the UEC but it must go with the basic conditions for entry to IPTAs.
“These are a credit in Bahasa Melayu at SPM level, a pass in History at SPM level and a pass in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET),” the CM pointed out. MUET is a test of English language proficiency, largely for university admissions.