PETALING JAYA: Disallowing Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) holders from sitting for the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) exam is “discriminatory”, said HELP University’s Faculty of Law and Government dean Vasantha Punniamoorthy.
She said if the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia (LPQB) could recognise programmes such as foundation, diploma and other pre-university entrance qualifications, then it should recognise the UEC as well.
“If the board is saying that UEC holders’ command of the language is poor, does that mean the others have better command of the language?” she asked.
HELP University, she said, has had UEC holders who had done well in their law degree and subsequently the CLP.
“Let the CLP exam be the gauge. If you can pass it, then you are good enough,” she said.
She was commenting on the LPQB’s new ruling whereby UEC students, even if they have already obtained a recognised law degree, would still need to sit for two English A-Level subjects or two STPM subjects, if they wish to sit for the CLP.
Vasantha said if the board is firm on the implementation of the new ruling, it should at least give more time for UEC holders to “prepare” for their future.
“Generally, the qualifying board recognises the degree if you have finished it within six years. Coming up with the ruling in 2018 and saying that 2021 is the deadline is pretty unreasonable.
“Students may need time off to opt for a gap year or ensure they have enough money to do the CLP with the new ruling in place,” she said, adding that the board should give UEC holders more time to take up other pre-university qualifications if it does not want to recognise them.
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