KOTA KINABALU: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
Party’s chief publicity officer Albert Kok said the opposition parties constantly used the media and Internet as platforms to demagogue.
Since Likas assemblyman Junz Wong has said that granting recognition to UEC depended on the political will of leaders, Kok said Wong should spend more effort in persuading Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders such as Lim Guan Eng, Mohamed Azmin Ali and Abdul Hadi Awang to take the lead by recognizing UEC in Penang, Selangor and Kelantan states.
“At least, Wong’s party, Democratic Action Party (DAP), should lead the pack by giving recognition to UEC in Penang,” Kok said in a press statement issued yesterday.
Kok was commenting on Wong’s remark that Sabah could grant recognition to UEC if the State Government was confident about the certificate issued by Chinese independent secondary schools.
Wong has said that the technical issues raised by LDP president Datuk Teo Chee Kang could be overcome with political will despite not having an academic accreditation body in Sabah.
Earlier, Teo has said that there were technical issues to overcome should Sabah State Government took the lead to accord recognition to UEC, and therefore this matter should be handled with caution.
Teo said that education was under the purview of the Federal Government and that the UEC must be evaluated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) before the Federal Government or State Government grant recognition to the certification. However, the agency is based in Kuala Lumpur and there is no MQA branch in Sabah.
Kok said it was only a matter of time before the Federal Government accorded recognition to UEC in today’s globalized world.
For instance, Kok said the government has recognized the degrees and professional courses certificates issued by more than 800 universities in China and Taiwan.
“All these were achieved in stages; there are things that cannot be rushed and must be carried out step by step.”
Kok continued to say that the State Government has allocated a lot of resources for the development of Chinese education over the years, especially in providing financial allocation for Chinese independent schools.
“Action speaks louder than words. Our State Government has recognized the contribution of Chinese independent schools by using actions to show its support for Chinese schools. Even Sarawak state emulates Sabah by giving financial allocation for Chinese independent schools starting last year.”
Hence, Kok urged the PR-led states to emulate our State Government by allocating funds for Chinese schools in Penang and Selangor states.- Sayangsabah