UEC examinations to proceed in December as planned


Compiled by JO TIMBUONG, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

THE Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC) exams will continue as scheduled in December in spite of rising Covid-19 cases nationwide, China Press reported.

Education group Dong Zong’s examinations board has decided that unless it receives an official order from the Education Ministry or that more than half of the candidates are unable to make it to the exams, it will carry on as planned.

The examinations board head, Dr Lim Bee Yen, sent a letter to all 63 Independent Chinese schools in the country under Dong Zong’s care informing them of the decision, which was made during an emergency meeting on Oct 24.

“To protect the rights of candidates, our board will do our best to ensure the exams continue as scheduled.

“We will only delay them if there are unforeseen events, which will be announced at the latest at the end of November, ” the letter read.

It is also reported that the UEC-SML (Senior Middle Level) exams will be held from Dec 2 to 9 while the UEC-JML (Junior Middle Level) exams will be held from Dec 28 to 31.

> A karaoke chain owned by Taiwanese singer Jay Chou was found to have infringed upon the copyright of several hundred songs and ordered to pay compensation amounting to 9,100 yuan (RM5,647), the same daily reported.

A Chinese court ruled on Thursday that True Love Fantasy Western Dining and Entertainment Limited did not have the right to use 313 copyrighted songs, including Chou’s own tune Rainbow and Migratory Birds by all-girl group S.H.E.

The company was ordered to pay compensation to the plaintiff, the China Audio-Video Copyright Association, and to cease using any of the 313 songs.

According to the judgment, True Love Fantasy Western Dining and Entertainment Limited had used the songs without permission and with the intention of making a profit.

Fans were quick to defend Chou online when the verdict was announced.

Many pointed out the fact that the King of Mandopop owned only 15% of its shares and was not involved in the running of the company.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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