RECOGNITION OF UEC: A COMEDY OF ERRORS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 1 Oct 2019

The procrastination by the PH government over the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) of the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools (MICSS) is fast turning into Malaysia’s comedy of errors. We have been told the summary findings by the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) task force, which was supposed to be submitted to the government today, has been postponed – the planned meeting between the task force and the minister did not take place after weeks of hype. Apparently, according to a Sin Chew Daily report, Maszlee is on medical leave although he managed to attend a Tamil film screening:

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TASK FORCES, COMMITTEES ARE MERE PROCRASTINATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 17 Aug 2019

Despite our bloated civil service that continues to bleed our annual budget dry, the new PH government continues to procrastinate solving the nation’s problems by forming new committees, task forces, advisers, all of which will further bleed the national coffers.

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HOPES FADE IN THE UEC RECOGNITION FARCE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 3 Jan 2019

There seems to be no end to the UEC recognition farce. The Prime Minister now tells us that “the recognition of UEC needs to consider the feelings of Malays.” This is after the Education Minister had set up a special committee “…to gather views on recognising the Unified Examination Certificate”. The justification for selection of the committee members was never spelled out nor were the terms of reference clear from the start. The Minister had earlier said that formal recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) will only be made “after a comprehensive and holistic study on the issue has been completed… whether the formal recognition of UEC could potentially compromise unity and harmony among Malaysians … the status of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language…”

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UEC RECOGNITION: AN UTTERLY EGREGIOUS CONVERSATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 2 Aug 2018

The pussyfooting over the recognition of the UEC which was one of the election promises of Pakatan Harapan and the misrepresentation of the facts of the issue amounts to an utterly egregious conversation. Why do I say this?

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UEC RECOGNITION: RENEGING ON PH ELECTION PROMISE IS PATENT DISHONESTY

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 16 July 2018

Through all this pussyfooting over the recognition of the UEC by the PH government, does it not make you wonder how the PH election manifesto was drafted, such as who took part in the drafting and how it was endorsed by the PH leaders? One would have expected that the person they would finally appoint as the Education Minister to be in the committee to study the UEC before they endorsed it…

Well, from the backtracking that we have seen since GE14 and the utterances of PH leaders especially by the new Education Minister, you would think that the supposedly democratic process through which the manifesto was drafted and eventually endorsed did not amount to much. Was the PH election manifesto just “a piece of paper” to be ripped apart after the elections?

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