KOTA MARUDU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) wants those with Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) qualifications to be allowed to enter the state’s civil service and educational institutions.
Noting that the move had been adopted by the Sarawak government, PBS acting president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said there was no reason why UEC qualification should not be recognised by the Sabah state government.
“Over 300 universities around the world accept UEC students. More than 89 of the Top 200 Universities (as prepared by The Times publication) accept the enrolment of UEC graduates to pursue tertiary education.
“This clearly indicates the global recognition of this educational qualification. So why should we have doubts (on UEC)?” said Dr Ongkili in his speech at the 2017 Ang Pow Festival and Dinner here yesterday, which was attended by about 800 people.
However, he said for UEC to be accepted by the federal civil service and public universities, PBS agreed with the Federal Government that the syllabus for two subjects – Bahasa Malaysia and History – needed to be revised to ensure this was in line with the national education policy.
“I have no doubt that the Chinese students can pass the Bahasa Malaysia subject but there is a need to ensure there is sufficient content of Malaysian history in the history syllabus,” said Dr Ongkili, who is also the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.
The Education Ministry, he said, must continue to engage with Dong Jiao Zong in its bid to get UEC qualification recognised.
Dr Ongkili also urged the state government to take further action on the issue and pursue the matter for the sake of the Chinese community and students.
Dr Ongkili said the sole Chinese school in Kota Marudu – SRJK(C) Khoi Ming – had served the local communities well.
“In fact, the Kadazandusun and Bajau communities make up about 80% of its pupils,” he said.
At the event, Dr Ongkili presented a personal donation of RM20,000 to Tadika Khoi Ming.
He also handed over donations of RM200,000 and RM23,305 from Pitas Palm Oil Mill Sdn Bhd and BS Group Charity 999 to Lembaga Tadika Khoi Ming Kota Marudu, and a RM50,000 donation from Ekovest Berhad for the SJKC Khoi Ming building fund.