Chong clarifies point on UEC recognition in PH manifesto
KUCHING: State Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Chong Chieng Jen has clarified a point in the PH manifesto that touches on the recognition of Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
According to him, if PH is given the chance to rule the country after the 14th general election, students and holders of UEC need to only sit for a single Bahasa Malaysia (BM) paper for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) in order to have the credential recognised.
Speaking at a press conference here yesterday, Chong said there is a huge difference between the UEC recognition offered by PH and that being implemented by former Chief Minister the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.
“For us (PH), UEC students and holders just need to sit for single SPM BM subject and get a credit for it as opposed to now, they have to take six full subjects of SPM.
“In my time, I studied in Singapore and came back to sit for the SPM BM paper for which I got a credit. But that avenue has been closed,” he pointed out.
Chong, who is Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman as well as Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said PH did not want to subject students to “unnecessary pressure and study time”.
He further said that the UEC recognition offered by Adenan required students to achieve a credit in SPM BM.
In order to achieve a credit pass in SPM BM, Chong said students were left with no choice but to take up all the six SPM subjects instead of only the BM subject.
“But our manifesto says only a single subject – BM. This is the huge difference we are talking about that makes life easier for students. After all we only need the command of the language,” he said.
He added that UEC students and holders with credit in single SPM BM subject can apply to local universities.
Chong therefore hoped that the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) would not find fault with PH without learning more about its manifesto or the subject matter.
It is learnt that SUPP has earlier criticised PH for its manifesto on UEC recognition as ‘nothing new’.