KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — Ketereh MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa today urged the government to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) or else risk losing more local talent to foreign countries.
In a press conference at the Dewan Rakyat here, Annuar said that Putrajaya simply cannot “victimise” thousands of UEC students because of issues such as the usage of Bahasa Melayu and subjects such as history, when the existence of private independent schools in the country is lawful as guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.
“Yes, of course! Should recognise,” Annuar said when asked by reporters if Putrajaya should recognise the examination system.
“UEC in private Chinese schools is not unconstitutional. It’s important. Secondly, they are not against the Education Act. They did not violate any laws. It’s just that they do not fully conform to the National Education Policy only. So, sit down and engage,” he said referring to the schools and the government.
“If the claim is that UEC does not conform to the National Education Policy, then which part? So, we must sit down (and discuss). Dong Zong is ready to listen,” he said, referring to the United Chinese School Committees Association.
Annuar also expressed disappointment with his critics who were allegedly upset upon hearing that the former would be delivering a speech on UEC.
“Upon hearing that I am going to speak about it in Parliament, without hearing what I have to say, they already sent an objection letter. That shouldn’t be the way,” he added.
Recently, the Umno information chief was reported to have claimed in an interview with a Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily that he was the target of certain party rivals who were dissatisfied with his views supporting the UEC, though he did not name them.
Interim MARA chairman Datuk Yusof Yacob refuted Annuar’s recent claim that he was suspended due to his alleged support for the government to recognise UEC offered by independent Chinese schools.
Annuar was suspended on January 31 after Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim accused the former of misusing his position to force MARA Investment and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) to sponsor some RM700,000 to the Kelantan football team known as The Red Warriors.