Perkasa organized a roundtable meeting on the recognition of UEC, and urged the government not to recognize the certificate. The move has posed yet another barrier in the Chinese community’s pursuit of government recognition of UEC.

Perkasa’s objection has been firm and straightforward, and the roundtable meeting is meant to relay a clear message to the government.

Its president Ibrahim Ali urged the government not to bow to the pressure from the Chinese community to recognize UEC, or they would turn to the opposition and would even bring the matter to the court.

While Perkasa’s viewpoint does not represent that of the government in any way, it nevertheless reflects how much of the Malay society thinks. The organization’s prejudices against UEC as well as the negative messages it has spread will form a substantial resistance to the government recognition of UEC.

UEC has been widely recognized internationally and has been accepted as an admission qualification of top-notched universities worldwide. Unfortunately it has yet to get the nod of the government here. Chinese educationists in this country have never given up hope, and have been fighting very hard all these years to seek the government’s recognition of UEC.

Although the input over the years has yet to produce the desired result, some progress has nevertheless been made. Umno’s information chief Annuar Musa recently paid a visit to Dong Zong leadership and both sides had a heart-to-heart talk over this matter. This positive development has allowed the Malay community to gain a clearer insight into the issue.

As a matter of fact, most of the views against the government’s recognition of UEC have been established upon incomplete and biased information. The opponents have failed to get a better understanding of UEC before denying it outright, which is totally unfair to the candidates.

As if that is not enough, those who don’t understand the insistence and unwavering effort of the Chinese community in seeking the government recognition of UEC argue that only a small fraction of the Chinese community want the government to recognize UEC. Once such misperceptions have become widely accepted by the Malay society or government leaders, all the effort we have put in will be thwarted.

Sadly, much of the controversy surrounding the recognition of UEC has often been interspersed with a myriad of non-educational factors, including ethnic sentiments and political considerations. As a result, UEC’s contribution towards the country’s education has been largely overlooked.

We have to reiterate here that UEC has been extensively recognized by leading institutions worldwide, and this shows that it has achieved a respectable level of academic standards. This is what UEC’s opponents need to come to terms with.

Those who are against UEC should perhaps lay down their prejudices and engage in a candid dialogue with local Chinese educationists in order to get a more accurate picture of the whole thing before drawing their conclusions. This is particularly important when it comes to educational issues.

– Mysinchew