Time to take over education, PBS tells Sabah govt

PBS deputy president Yee Moh Chai says recognition for the UEC remains an unfulfilled election promise.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah has urged the state government to take over the task of running the education system in Sabah from the federal government without delay.

PBS deputy president Yee Moh Chai said this was due to the various federal policies which the party views as unfair and outdated.

“One such policy is the matriculation system which the federal government has shamelessly defended. It is only one of the many that we in Sabah need not endure any more.

“The others include university entrance and scholarships.

He said that Sabah as a place where racial and religious harmony is the norm could “certainly do without the very racial and short-sighted policy of the current federal government”.

Yee’s comments were in response to the federal government’s recent decision to stick to a 90% quota for Bumiputera students in the matriculation programme, although the number of places was increased from 25,000 to 40,000.

Yesterday, Education Minister Maszlee Malik defended the Bumiputera quota, saying those calling for the pre-university course to be opened more widely to other races should also address the unfair job market dominated by a particular race.

Other than the matriculation programme, Yee also wants the Sabah government to put its foot down on the question of recognition for the Unified Examination Certificate.

“Sabah does not need a federal education minister who finds all the excuses for not recognising the UEC. This remains an empty election promise despite Pakatan Harapan and Warisan forming the state government.

“Sabah can do much better by not wasting our time and money on the stupid, but self-inflicted, dilemma of whether to wear white or black shoes in schools,” he said.

Yee said the Sabah government should get serious in preparing young Sabahans to meet the demands of the future job market.

Education matters in Sabah come under the education and innovation ministry. However, national education policies are controlled by the federal education ministry, with the state ministry merely implementing directives from the federal ministry.