Putatan MP Marcus says Sabah should do so since the federal BN has issues on the Chinese independent school certificate

KUALA LUMPUR: Backbencher Makin @ Marcus Mojigoh (Putatan-Upko) has requested for the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) to be recognised in Sabah.

“Let UEC be recognised in Sabah and Sarawak if the government cannot do so in the peninsula. It is the pulse of the Tionghua community in my constituency,” he said when debating the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat today.

“Sarawak has recognised it. We too want it because it is recognised in the US, Britain, Australia and the developed world.”

He added that the request was not made out of personal interests.

“It doesn’t mean that my children are studying Chinese language,” he said.

At present Selangor, Penang and Sarawak have recognised UEC. The federal government has reservations over UEC as the level of its Bahasa Malaysia is not on par with that of SPM.

Negotiations are ongoing between Chinese education groups and the Education Ministry on this issue.

On another matter, Marcus also called for the setting up of an English medium school in Putatan.

“Please make one school as English medium school because not all the parents can send their children to public university. They are forced to send their children to universities abroad,” he said.

“I hope SM La Salle (in Putatan) can be made into an English medium school but don’t forget BM as well,” said Marcus.

Reacting to Marcus’s statement, Chong Chieng Jen (Bandar Kuching-DAP) said there was no need to make the request.

“We will implement it once we take over the government. There is no need to request since there is only about two months more. It is in our manifesto,” said Chong.

Chong was referring to the time when the Dewan Rakyat will be automatically dissolved to pave the way for the 14th general election, if one is not called by then.