The MCA secretary-general said it was crucial to maintain the policy put in place by the Barisan Nasional administration ten years ago to allocate 20 seats per intake for UEC holders.
"This is the first step towards having UEC recognised in Malaysia," he said, adding MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong was instrumental in drawing the policy when he served as deputy education minister a decade ago.
Chong said this in response to concerns raised by Chinese stakeholders following the Education Ministry's "calculation" that there were sufficient Chinese language teachers, thus resulting in zero allocation of seats for UEC holders to undergo the teacher training programme this year.
He called on Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching to explain how this "calculation" was done as it did not tally with the feedback MCA obtained from various stakeholders.
"Teo has yet to give valid reasons as to why there is no more intake from among UEC holders ... I advise Teo to get the figures from Dong Zong, Dong Jiao Zong and other stakeholders," he said on Thursday (Feb 20) after holding a press conference to announce MCA's 71st-anniversary celebration programme here.
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