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DATO’ SEBASTIAN ON RECOGNITION OF THE UNIFIED EXAMINATION CERTIFICATE (UEC)

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) is standing solidly behind the Chief Minister’s, Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s statement  that Putrajaya’s non-recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) as“stupid”.

SUPP Secretary general, Dato Sebastian Ting wished to call upon the Federal Government to have the moral and political courage to take the stand of the Sarawak State Government in recognising UEC.

He said not only SUPP wanted to thank the chief Minister for his bold policies but also he will go into history as a Malaysian leader who sees neither creed nor colour in deciding that Chinese education has contributed to the well being of the state and nation.

Chinese education and UEC, added Ting were as old as Sarawak and older than Malaysia, and through the years Chinese schools have gone through many hardship by being self-financing. The schools, he pointed out  have been wholly financed by the Chinese community, which until today believed that the future of our young depends in no small way on the kind of education afforded them.

Needless to say, Ting added, the Chinese community has sacrificed a lot for Chinese education, and as a result, today UEC graduates are possessed of global competitiveness.

SUPP must stressed that what the Chief Minister said about private universities in many countries recognising UEC not only reflected the integrity of the Chinese Independent Schools but spoke volume of their global appeal.

The party  is worried that for as long as Putrajaya refused to recognise UEC, the brain drain will get from bad to worse as more and more UEC holders head for higher studies overseas as they cannot gain entry into universities at home.

In this respect, he said, the Sarawak Chief Minister has hit the nail on the head when he said while Malaysia talked about wanting to be an education hub and allowed foreigners into our universities, the products of our own Chinese Independent Schools were being shut out.

What can be more ludicrous? Or in the word of the Chief Minister, “stupid”? he asked.

SUPP is gravely concerned  by statistics that said Malaysia was losing too many highly qualified and skilled people because of the brain drain, defined by the World Bank as the emigration of a nation‘s most highly skilled individuals away from their country of origin, especially in developing countries.

A 2011 World Bank report revealed that Malaysia lost over 145,000 people who were categorised in the brain drain category to our nearest neighbour, Singapore. This was followed by Australia, accounting for 12% and third placing is shared by the United Kingdom, the United States and Brunei with about eight percent each.

Before this, some 305,000 professionally skilled Malaysians who migrated overseas between March 2008 and August 2009, a more than double increase from the 140,000 in 2007.

Among the popular destinations were Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The same report said about 20% of Malaysian graduates chose to leave the country, again with our southern neighbour Singapore cited as the main beneficiary.

Ting strongly believed that in giving recognition to the UEC, it  will help ease Malaysia’s brain drain problem because, given Malaysia’s rising cost of living, Malaysian parents will certainly welcome the chance of sending their children to local universities.

He said the party is fully behind the Chief Minister in his effort to seek autonomy in education for the state and his call for English language proficiency.

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