Perkasa threatens ‘war’ on government if UEC recognised

Ibrahim-AliKUALA LUMPUR: Perkasa has threatened to “declare war” on the federal government if it gives recognition to the Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC) standardised examination for students of Chinese independent high schools.

Its president, Ibrahim Ali, said the government should not approve the UEC as it ran counter to the national education policy, as provided for in the Education Act 1996, and Article 152 (1) of the Federal Constitution, which specifies Malay as the national language.

He warned all quarters not to “create disturbances or make noise” if the UEC is not recognised by the government.

“Many people are making demands for the sake of votes as the general election approaches. We cannot compromise,” he said at Perkasa’s annual general meeting at Stadium Taman Tasik Titiwangsa here today.

On Feb 8, Vincent Lau Lee Ming, chairman of the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), which organises the UEC, had refuted claims that the syllabus for UEC’s history subject had been taken from China and Taiwan.

He said Dong Zong was ready to discuss the matter with the education ministry on its decision to require students to pass history to obtain a UEC certificate.

This came in the wake of Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi having said on Feb 4 that he would direct the education minister to conduct an in-depth study on recognising the UEC.

On April 1, Perkasa had threatened to sue the government if it accorded formal recognition for the standardised examination system.

The UEC, which was developed in Malaysia, is recognised by a host of top universities around the world, including the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Oxford University, University of Cambridge, University of Toronto and the National University of Singapore (NUS), among others.

But in Malaysia, the UEC is not recognised by the higher education ministry for admission into local public universities.

In March 2016, Sarawak began recognising the UEC for employment in the state civil service and for admission into state-owned colleges and universities, as well as to apply for Yayasan Sarawak education loans, under its then chief minister, the late Adenan Satem.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim also called on the government to come up with an “Economic Sabotage Act” to help clamp down on corruption and abuse of power.

He suggested that the legislation be based on the same concept as the now repealed Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA), which allowed for detention without trial, to reduce lengthy and complicated legal processes during prosecution.

He said there were corruption cases involving millions of ringgit which never saw charges being laid although the suspects were remanded and investigated.

“It is best to use the ISA concept in such cases,” he said.

“There is no need for them to be made to wear the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) attire for detainees, which only stands out on television,” he said, adding that detainees should be interrogated, as was done under ISA.