Najib woos Chinese voters with UEC pledge

Prime Minister Najib Razak flanked by former CM Chong Kah Kiat (left) and current CM Musa Aman (right) with Barisan Nasional supporters in Sandakan.

KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Najib Razak has promised that the government will recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) if Barisan Nasional (BN) is given a strong mandate.

The UEC 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 but is accepted by private 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.

Najib said it was important for voters to throw their support behind BN’s Chinese candidates to ensure better representation of the community in the government.

Speaking at a luncheon with the Chinese community in Sandakan today, Najib said the Chinese should reject the DAP propaganda which had always incited the people to snub BN leaders of Chinese descent.

“But is this good for the Chinese community?

“We saw that for the past five years, the Chinese did not have a strong representation in the BN government because of the lack of leaders from this race in the government.

“The Chinese community must realise it cannot form a strong government on its own. But if we are united, we can. As a prime minister, I implore you to unite with BN so we can grow stronger together.”

Najib also denied that the country’s economy was on a decline, as charged by the opposition.

On the contrary, he said the nation’s economy had grown and was now behind Singapore in terms of gross national income (GNI) in the region.

The global market, he said, was looking at Malaysia to see if the government would receive a strong mandate from the people.

If BN obtained a strong mandate, Najib believed that the national currency would strengthen and the ringgit would stabilise at RM3.80 per US$1 by the end of the year.

“If this is true, we will all benefit from it. Just remember that economic success depends on political stability.”

Najib thanks former CM Chong Kah Kiat for support

Najib also expressed his gratitude to former chief minister Chong Kah Kiat, a prominent Chinese leader in the state, for pledging his loyalty to the BN.

“We cannot accept those who have no principles and jump to other parties and then go against the people who were their colleagues in BN before.”

On the issue of security, Najib said BN viewed security in Sabah seriously as it would ensure a good business environment.

In short, he said, the people should recognise what the government had done to maintain peace and harmony while at the same time providing the people with the freedom to conduct their businesses and lead their lives.

“Some countries have prosperity but no freedom. Some have freedom but they are not prosperous.

“But we in Malaysia have both prosperity and freedom and, to top it off, our people are united,” he said.

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