Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara)-owned Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) does not acknowlege the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), Bernama reported.
This contradicted Mara chairperson Annuar Musa, who yesterday said UniKL recognises UEC because it is a private university.
“The Higher Education Ministry has allowed private universities to enroll students with UEC qualification since 2004, but this does not mean (universities owned by) Mara have to do so.
“We have a choice whether or not to enroll students and to date, we do not enroll those with that certificate,” Ismail Sabri told reporters at a Wanita Umno event in Bera today.
Mara is an entity under the purview of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.
He added the UEC is not aligned with the national education philosophy which requires students to pass the Bahasa Malaysia and History subjects to enroll in public tertiary institutions, the newswire reported.
UniKL enrolls Malaysians into its diploma courses based on SPM results while those applying for degree courses can use their STPM or equivalent certification like the A Levels.
Established in 2002, UniKL is an accredited private university owned entired by Mara.
The UEC is an internationally recognised certification for university admission, but is not allowed for admission to Malaysian public universities.
Pakatan Harapan said it will recognise the UEC if it comes to power.
Universiti Selangor, owned by the PKR-led Selangor government, recognises the UEC.