BINTULU: Sarawak has opened its civil service to holders of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) from Chinese independent schools.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem yesterday announced here that the state civil service will start a recruitment drive for UEC holders via advertisements in the media from today.
Speaking at a press conference after handing over RM5mil in grants to 14 Chinese independent schools statewide, he said UEC graduates could also apply for jobs in subsidiaries and statutory bodies under the state government.
He also announced that UEC holders need not have a credit in Bahasa Malaysia to apply for civil service posts, adding that a pass is sufficient.
As for loans and scholarship, he said UEC graduates who managed to secure a place in universities in Sarawak could apply for financial assistance from the state Yayasan Sarawak.
UEC holders also need only a pass at SPM level to enter directly into diploma courses at University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) branches in Sarawak, he said.
Earlier, when addressing the crowd at the cheque presentation in SM Kai Dee Bintulu, Adenan said he and the state government were sincere in wanting to show that they appreciate the contributions of the Chinese.
“The Chinese are part of the Sarawak population. They have been living in the state for the past six generations.
“They have contributed immensely to state and national development.
“The Sarawak government appreciates the contributions of the Chinese and I want to walk the talk by giving annual grants to Chinese independent schools and opening the state civil service and statutory bodies to holders of the UEC.
“I appreciate the Chinese schools for giving quality education not just for Chinese students but also for bumiputra children,” he said.
The RM5mil this year could possibly be increased to RM10mil next year, he added.
Sarawak assistant minister for communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the decision to open up the state civil service to UEC holders would halt the brain drain in Sarawak.
“Thousands of UEC graduates have found good jobs overseas, including Singapore.
“Their UEC qualifications are recognised widely by foreign countries but, sadly, not by the federal government.
“Adenan’s announcement today (yesterday) should be emulated by the federal goverment,” he said.