Trio urged to with­draw suit

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

THIRTY-FOUR Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Chi­nese guilds and as­so­ci­a­tions have ap­pealed to three par­ents to with­draw their suit seek­ing a court rul­ing on Dong Zong’s (United Chi­nese School Com­mit­tees As­so­ci­a­tion) de­ci­sion to al­low stu­dents of SM Chong Hwa to sit for the Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate (UEC).

The trio had wanted the Kuala Lumpur High Court to de­cide whether the move would af­fect the UEC’s le­git­i­macy, Sin Chew Daily re­ported yes­ter­day.

The sta­tus of the Kuantan school, which is sup­posed to be a Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent school, has been a point of con­tention due to am­bi­gu­i­ties in its ap­proval let­ter.

In a joint state­ment, the groups re­minded the trio of the grave con­se­quences the suit has on the UEC, the com­mon ex­am­i­na­tion for stu­dents of Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools.

Say­ing no one should leave the UEC’s fate to the court, they stressed that at a time ne­go­ti­a­tions are on-go­ing for full govern­ment recog­ni­tion for the UEC, the last thing it needs is to be side­tracked.

Mean­while, the trio, who claimed to have chil­dren study­ing in Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools and rep­re­sent those against al­low­ing SM Chung Hwa’s stu­dents to sit for the UEC ex­am­i­na­tion, said they are will­ing to set­tle the case out of court if Dong Zong could pro­duce a let­ter from the Malaysian Ex­am­i­na­tions Board in­di­cat­ing the Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion group can al­low SM Chong Hwa to hold the UEC ex­am­i­na­tion for its stu­dents.

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