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‘Meet ministry’s conditions’

BEIJING: If the United Chinese School of Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) wants the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) to be recognised, it must follow the national policy and meet the conditions of the Education Ministry, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Deputy Prime Minister said education played a role in nation-building and unity but there were elements in UEC that were not consonant with these.

“We have a policy that (Dong Zong) needs to adopt but if it cannot follow the policy, then we cannot recognise UEC,” he said in response to a question during a dinner with the Malaysian community in Beijing on Monday night.

The schools, said Muhyiddin, preferred to remain status quo and therefore, the ministry was upholding its decision until the schools’ next move in making changes to the content of the education they were offering.

In KUALA LUMPUR, MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the party would take over the responsibility of Dong Zong to apply to the Finance Ministry to have the UEC fees exempted from the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which comes into effect on April 1.

He said even if Dong Zong could not act on the matter, MCA would not shirk from its responsibility for the sake of the students from Chinese independent schools.

“If we follow the procedure in gi­­ving the Finance Minister our feedback, we believe that we will be able to turn things around to get the UEC fees exempted from GST,” he told reporters after attending a business cooperation forum involving delegates from Taiwan’s New Taipei City yesterday.


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