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Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem really hit the nail on its head when he called the federal government’s policy of not recognising the Chinese schools’ Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC) stupid and senseless.

Which federal minister could disagree with him when he said it made no sense not to recognise the UEC because it had led to a brain drain and exodus of talent to countries which recognised the qualification?

In fact, I would say that not only is the federal government’s policy stupid and senseless, it is also a most unfair policy.

Where is the fairness when foreign students can be admitted to our local public universities, yet our own citizens comprising multi racial races who hold UEC are denied the opportunities?

UEC has been recognized by more than 500 world class universities and it is utterly stupid for the federal government to keep giving the excuse that it cannot recognize UEC because it does not follow the national education curriculum.

The federal government must not continue with its stupid policy and should immediately recognize UEC.

MCA Ministers have claimed they have never stopped making efforts to have UEC recognized, if this is so, they should explain why their efforts have been futile especially after having returned to the Cabinet for 16 months.

On Oct 30, 2013, it was reported in a Chinese daily that MCA Deputy President Datuk Wee Ka Siong, when commenting on the issue of UEC recognition, had said that the delay in recognizing UEC was due to some officers who were unwilling to recognize UEC making things difficult.
This is certainly a most stupid excuse.

Was he saying that these little napoleons were so powerful, more powerful than the cabinet ministers and that they were able to decide government policies?

If MCA is no able to convince the Cabinet to reverse its stupid policy, it must at least not give such stupid excuse.

Teresa Kok




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