PETALING JAYA: There should be no further delay to the government’s recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), says Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.
The MCA religious harmony bureau chairman and publicity spokesman said the recent announcement by Dr Maszlee Malik that UEC recognition could only come in the next five years after a thorough and holistic study showed a “U-turn” on the Education Minister’s part.
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“They should not play around with the sentiments of voters, especially the Chinese community who, for so long, had looked forward to genuine ubah (change) and the UEC being accorded its recognition,” Ti said in a statement yesterday.
“Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching, of DAP, has targeted the end of this year for the UEC recognition.
“However, the minister has now reneged on his deputy’s public undertaking by stretching the time to five years for a ‘holistic’ study’,” he added.
He was critical of DAP for failing to get UEC acknowledged despite the fact that the party has got a stronger mandate now than MCA in previous elections.
Ti noted that the previous Barisan Nasional government had conducted studies on UEC and placed recognition of UEC in its election manifesto for the first time for the 14th General Election.
“Now that sufficient studies have been taken and the correct political decision is just within months, the Education Minister should not cave in to political pressure when they have promised to recognise UEC upon obtaining the political mandate in GE14,” he added.
Ti also said recognising the UEC was the way to go for the country.
“As the exalted position of the national language is already established and with China’s regional role growing, the impetus to recognise UEC is no longer an issue and should not be delayed further to appease pockets of dissenters,” he said.
The UEC, managed by Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia), is a standardised examination taken by students of the 60 independent Chinese schools in the country, with Mandarin as the medium of instruction.