Brave and bold move Chinese school boards grateful for Sarawak CM’s strong support


By YU JI

Lauded by many: Adenan (centre) being welcomed by students of Chung Hua Middle School No 1 in Kuching.

KUCHING: The Chinese school boards are hailing Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s support for Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).

“He is the ‘first’ to do so many things. It’s like a breath of fresh air.

“I don’t know what words to use to show our appreciation and to thank him,” said Richard Wee, who is chairman of the Committee of Management for Kuching Chung Hua Middle Schools No.1, 3 and 4.

Wee was reacting to news that Adenan had written to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is Education Minister, to recognise UEC.

“As far as I am concerned, Adenan is the first and only CM who has ever come up with such strong support for us.

“I think never before any Chief Minister been so upfront and helpful.”

Among the many “firsts”, said Wee, was Adenan’s promise of annual state grants (announced last year), his visit as Chief Minister to a Chung Hua middle school, holding dialogue sessions to hear out the independent schools’ plights and others.

“I cannot (fully) recall but I think he is the first and only Barisan CM to openly say he supports UEC.”

Looking forward, Wee said, if the Federal Government cannot come to an agreement to recognise UEC, then the Chief Minister could consider recognising it in the state first.

“He could take the lead and make this the first state (to do so). It would be a bold step.

Even the Pakatan (Rakyat) states, I believe, have not done so. It would be a step towards a larger goal.

“If that can be done here, it would be another ‘first’ for him. It would add to this legacy as Chief Minister,” Wee said.

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