BUTTERWORTH: The Penang government has recognised the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) by hiring UEC graduates to serve in the state’s subsidiary companies.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state was “one step ahead of Sarawak” in this matter.
The state government, however, could not employ UEC graduates as government servants due to the guidelines set by the Public Service Department which comes under the purview of the Federal Government.
“Since UEC is not recognised by the Federal Government, we, as the state government, are unable to take them in as civil servants as well.
“But they can serve the state government indirectly, which is through the subsidiary companies set up by Penang government-linked companies or Penang government corporations,” Lim told reporters at SJK(C) Chung Hwa Pusat here yesterday.
Last week, Sarawak United People’s Party president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian announced that the state was the first to recognise the UEC as a qualification for entry into its civil service.
The UEC is a standardised test for Chinese Independent High School students organised by Chinese education group Dong Zong since 1975.
Lim said UEC graduates who were interested and fulfilled the requirements and needs of the state government could apply to serve the state’s subsidiary companies.
The chief minister said Thing Siew Shuen, general manager of PGC Strategies Sdn Bhd (Penang Green Council), was a UEC graduate.
Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy said the state had to stick by the guidelines of the Federal Government that UEC was not recognised in the peninsula.
He said Sarawak had certain leeway and autonomy in deciding on education matters.