KUALA LUMPUR: The Chinese government is sending a team to negotiate with the Malaysian government the future of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, said Daim Zainuddin.
“Let’s put it this way, we are still negotiating. Actually, they will come to Malaysia this month.
“They invited me to China last time, but I could not make it, that’s why I’m inviting them to come to Malaysia,” he told Chinese-language daily Nanyang Siang Pau today.
“Hopefully, there will be a decision, but it’s not easy because the issue is quite complicated.”
He said the project was a “sensitive” issue, and, as such it was better to talk less on it.
“Otherwise, when I say something they may misinterpret it. Then they will query why I said that.”
He said the delegation in charge of the ECRL project will also brief on China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative.
Meanwhile, on the issue of recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), Daim said the government should let the Malays feel at ease and eliminate their worries on this issue.
He said the government should tell Malays that they have nothing to lose.
He said the Malays were not agreeable to recognition for UEC because they think it is against the Federal Constitution and infringes upon Malay rights.
Daim said there were Malays parents who send their children to Chinese schools.
“People are asking for better education. You will see only rich Chinese and Malays send their children to English (private) schools,” he said.
“If national schools offer better education like English (private) schools, everyone will go to national schools. The Education Ministry should sit down and discuss this issue and ensure that national schools provide quality education, ” he said.