UEC will widen gap be­tween races, says Umno

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KUALA LUMPUR: Umno dis­agrees with the gov­ern­ment’s move to recog­nise the Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate (UEC).

The party’s vice-pres­i­dent, Datuk Seri Is­mail Sabri Yaakob, said UEC did not fol­low the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy.

As such, he said, it would cre­ate dis­unity among the peo­ple and widen the gap be­tween the races.

He said the UEC ex­am­i­na­tion pa­pers were pre­pared by Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent high schools and not by the Malaysian Ex­am­i­na­tions Syn­di­cate.

“The stan­dard of Ba­hasa Me­layu pa- pers are lower than the Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia (SPM) level, with other sub­jects in Man­darin taken from Tai­wan.”

UEC is is­sued to grad­u­ates of Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent high schools.

The United Chi­nese School Com­mit­tees’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (Dong Zong) had been push­ing for UEC to be recog­nised for many years.

Is­mail said the Malay com­mu­nity would dis­ap­prove the recog­ni­tion of UEC as it would make the na­tional school stream stan­dards in­fe­rior and also make it dif­fi­cult for school leavers to get jobs.

“If it (UEC) is recog­nised, it would be eas­ier for those tak­ing UEC to get jobs es­pe­cially in the pub­lic sec­tor,” he said.

“This would cre­ate com­pe­ti­tion for SPM hold­ers, who fol­low the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy.

“Giv­ing pri­or­ity to UEC does not give equal­ity to SPM leavers.”

He said if UEC was recog­nised, other ed­u­ca­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tions would aban­don the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy.

“In the end, no one will re­spect the pol­icy.

“The gov­ern­ment should fo­cus on ef­forts to foster na­tional unity in­stead of plac­ing the peo­ple in such a sit­u­a­tion.

“This (UEC) sys­tem, which is be­ing used in Tai­wan, is not in­cluded in the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy, and is in­con­sis­tent with the pol­icy, which in­cludes Ba­hasa Me­layu as the main lan­guage of the coun­try.

“The main lan­guage should be the core in every coun­try as it (lan­guage) rep­re­sents the na­tion,” he said.

In Ayer Keroh, Jasin and Kota Me­laka Umno Youth urged the state gov­ern­ment to hold a di­a­logue on the need to recog­nise UEC as a re­quire­ment for em­ploy­ment in the state.

Jasin Umno Youth chief Dr Muham­mad Ak­mal Salleh made the call to Chief Min­is­ter Adly Za­hari.

The state gov­ern­ment did not re­spond to the first let­ter seek­ing a di­a­logue sent of July 5.

“We want a di­a­logue to talk about the good and bad, and we want to know why the gov­ern­ment wants to im­ple­ment the pol­icy.

“As a good op­po­si­tion, we want to be the checks-and-bal­ances.

“If it is good, we have sug­ges­tions for im­prove­ment,” he said at Seri Ben­da­hara here yes­ter­day.

He said among the sug­ges­tions they would put for­ward was for the gov­ern­ment to recog­nise grad­u­ates of re­li­gious, pon­dok and tah­fiz schools.

“Re­li­gious and tah­fiz school cer­tifi­cates should be ac­cepted if we’re talk­ing about free­dom and jus­tice.”

KHAIRUNISAH LOK­MAN PIC BY

Jasin Umno Youth chief Dr Muham­mad Ak­mal Salleh (front row, third from right) show­ing the let­ter re­quest­ing a di­a­logue on the Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate in Ayer Keroh yes­ter­day.

Datuk Seri Is­mail Sabri Yaakob

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