Teck Wan disappointed UEC not recognised by Federal government
SUPP Wanita Chief Kho Teck Wan felt disappointed at the statement made by Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad earlier this week that government had to consider all races and resolve the issue concerning unequal wealth distribution in the country before recognising UEC.
Kho recalled the UEC recognition process used to involve discussion between the minister of education and the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong). And the decision was around the requirement of credit in Bahasa Malaysia and Malaysia History.
However, according to Kho, based on the current development, it seems like few more requirements have been added to the complexity of recognition UEC, such as:
1. The sentiment of all races in Malaysia should be considered.
2. The issue of unequal wealth distribution in the country need to be addressed before UEC recognition.
3. The study on Impact of unity and harmony among Malaysian.
4. The possibility of compromising the status of Bahasa Malaysia as national language.
On personal level, Kho felt disappointed that the previous federal government didn’t recognise UEC, but she was glad that UEC is recognised in Sarawak.
Kho would like to urge all parties involved in assessing UEC recognition to put aside their differences and seriously look into recognising UEC once and for all.
“After all, the certificate is well recognised by majors universities around the world. The parties involved in recognising UEC should emulate Sarawak’s decision. Sarawak has recognised UEC since 2015, not only the decision cause no impact to social harmony, it made Sarawakians proud to be a Sarawakian.”
In response to Kuching Member of Parliament YB Kelvin Yii’s statement that SUPP had been part of the ruling BN government for decades but had failed to resolve the issue with Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), Kho Teck Wan would like to remind the Kuching MP that recognising UEC was Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) manifesto in GE14, and the PH leaders pledged to recognise the UEC as soon as it becomes the ruling government.
According to Kho, blaming the previous government seems to be the Kuching MP’s default respond to any failed promise by the PH government. However, trying to blame the previous government would not change the fact that PH government at this point had failed to deliver the promise to recognise UEC.
“Before blaming the previous government, YB Kelvin should know that BN was formed in 1973, and the current Prime Minister had lead the BN government for 22 years out of the 45 years of BN ruling. The current Prime Minister was also the Minister of Education from 1974 to 1978. PKR chairman Anwar Ibrahim was the Minister of Education from 1986 to 1991, and current Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was the Minister of Education from 2009 to 2015.”
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