日期: 2017-07-30
标题: A Dialogue Session Transcending Racial Barrier on Unified Examination Sat by Chinese Independent Secondary School Students Speech by Dong Zong Chairman Temenggong Dato Lau Lee Ming
分类: 讲词


Date:     30 July 2017 (Sunday)

Time:    2.00pm

Venue:  Dong Zong A402 Meeting Room

 

Jiao Zong Chairman Datuk Ong Chiow Chuen and Jiao Zong Committee,

Chinese Associations Chairman, President and Representatives,

Representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations,

Central Committee of Dong Zong and Administrative Staff,

Chairman and Committee Members of Member States,

Friends and Comrades who love Chinese education and

Friends from the Media,

 

Good afternoon to all of you.

 

1. First and foremost, I wish to extend to all present have a very warm welcome to this dialogue. We really appreciate that you could spend your precious time to attend this dialogue.

 

2. The purpose of calling this dialogue which is opened to NGOs, not only from the Chinese community also our other communities namely Malay and India, is to disseminate information about the Chinese Education in Malaysia in general and the Unified Examination Certificate in particular, an examination which is carried out by Dong Zong for its Chinese Independent Secondary School.

 

3. Chinese education has existed in this country for over 200 years. When our forefathers migrate to Malaysia they feel that they need to ensure that their children have the opportunity to receive education. At that time, the authority did not really build school to meet such needs. Therefore, our forefathers have no choice but to build school on their own with fund from the community.

 

Later on, for reason that Chinese community feel that our children should be given the opportunity to receive education in their own mother tongue, though many Chinese school choose to convert to use English during the colonial time and the use of Bahasa Melayu with the formation of Malaysia, there are school which do not wish to convert despite of losing the funding from the authority. These schools that do not convert and continued to use Chinese as medium of instruction is called Chinese Independent Secondary Schools. As government not only did not provide funding for these schools, the Ministry of Education also did not provide examination which is necessary to gauge the standard of these students, Dong Zong organised and provided such needs.

 

For 43 years, Dong Zong has held examination called Unified Examination Certificate (UEC). Over these years, we have been able to maintain the standard of UEC which is widely recognize by many private universities or higher institute of learning within the country as well as overseas. Regrettably our own Malaysia Government up to now refused to recognize UEC despite of continues appeal made.      

 

We are disappointed that there are people who spoke against recognition of UEC. All these people who voiced out against recognition of UEC are not based on academic reasons. I believe many of them either lack understanding of Chinese education in Malaysia or they are politically motivated.

 

Thus we feel it is necessary for all Malaysian particularly non-Chinese communities to have better understanding of our Chinese Education, its history, how it contributed positively to the progress and development of this country.

 

Dong Zong will explore all avenues to get the government to recognize UEC.

 

We sincerely hope that through dialogue like this we can gain greater spectrum of our community to support us in our effort to urge the government to recognize UEC which will enable our students to enter public universities and also to apply to join public service.

 

We have good and valid reasons which justify the recognize of UEC.

a. Chinese Education existed in Malaysia for over 200 years, it is part of our Malaysia history and we have been helping the country to educate our younger generation all these years.

 

b. We believe that Malaysia being a multi-racial society should adopt a more open policy including education. The country could only gain by adopting a system that allows the existence of vernacular schools  instead of singular education system.

 

c. By having education system other than singular education system it will definitely not create disunity among the races as claimed by some quarter.

 

d. National universities took in oversea students who do not sit for our STPM. They are accepted base on their merit, or whether their result meets the criteria set by our universities. Why can't the government / Ministry of Education do the same for UEC students? We can only conclude that it is pure discrimination.

 

e. Because of the effort by the Chinese community, with almost zero assistance from the government, Malaysia Chinese education has reach high standard. With Malaysia trade with China growing and become more important and the usage of Chinese language become more important globally it is our comparative advantage in this very competition world. It wills definitely not be a hindrance in anyway.

 

f. Our school curriculums include the learning of Bahasa Malaysia and English.

 

4. We do hope that this dialogue will provide all present here better insight of what Chinese Education and UEC in all about. Once again thank you all for your present here this afternoon and hope that we have a meaningful dialogue. Thank you.