Dong Zong: Where’s UEC task force report?


Compiled by JUSTIN ZACK, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

DONG Zong president Tan Tai Kim has urged former education minister Dr Maszlee Malik and his deputy Teo Nie Ching, along with the UEC Task Force, to explain to the public why they failed to submit the report on the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) to the ministry on time, Sin Chew Daily reported.

The task force comprised Centre for the Study and Documentation of Traditional Malay Performances founder Eddin Khoo, Dong Zong deputy president Datuk Tan Yew Sing and Muslim Islamic Youth Movement of Malaysia president Mohamad Raimi Abdul Rahim.

It was set up in October 2019 by the Pakatan Harapan government to study the viability of recognising the UEC.

“It was Teo and Dr Maszlee who set it up. It would be better if they were to provide an answer,” Tan said.

According to him, the task force had completed the report but was unable to submit it to the Education Ministry despite repeated attempts.

Tan said he was disappointed that the Pakatan government was not able to fulfil its promise to recognise the UEC during the two years it was in power.

He said he hoped the new Barisan Nasional-Perikatan Nasional government would be able to uphold the spirit of the “Malaysian Family” and give the UEC fair consideration for recognition.

In October last year, Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Jidin said the ministry did not receive any report from the task force and that it had ceased to exist after Feb 29, 2020.

The UEC is taken by Form Six students at independent Chinese schools and is considered equivalent to the STPM by many foreign universities.

However, it is yet to be recognised by public universities in Malaysia, forcing graduates who wish to further their studies to either go to private universities or study abroad.

> The daily also reported that Malaysian singer-rapper Namewee is courting controversy again in China while his Weibo account and that of Australian singer Kimberley Chen were shut down after their new song was released last Friday.

The song, titled It Might Break Your Pinky Heart, appears on the surface to be a catchy tune about a lovers’ spat.

However, upon closer scrutiny of the lyrics, there are references to China’s “re-education camps”, its claim to push for “common prosperity”, the practise of eating dog and bat meat, “Winnie the Pooh”, as well as wordplay on several Chinese profanities.

Many fans believed the song’s title about a “Pinky Heart” was a reference to Little Pink, a term used to describe jingoistic Chinese nationalists on the Internet.

When asked about the heated debate generated online due to the song, Namewee – whose real name is Wee Meng Chee – said he took it positively.

“To have the song hotly discussed is a good thing. It means it resonates with people,” he said.

Namewee has courted dozens of controversies in his 13-year career in the entertainment industry due to his use of provocative themes in his work.

> A woman in China’s Jiangsu province complained of a sharp pain in her ear only to later have a 5cm centipede removed by doctors, China Press reported.

The woman was jolted awake on Oct 4 to something crawling in her ear.

She was rushed to a hospital.

A doctor then slowly poured paraffin oil into the woman’s ear to kill the arthropod before safely removing it.

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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