Hua Zong Denies Saying Putrajaya Intended to Recognise UEC, Agrees with PM’s Statement

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The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong) has clarified that it had not quoted the prime minister as saying that the Malaysian government intends to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).

In a statement dated yesterday (July 18) posted on Hua Zong’s website, Hua Zong president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan sought to clear the air over news reports regarding what transpired in Hua Zong’s first meeting with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the prime minister on July 16.

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Goh urged against any attempts to politicise the UEC issue or turn it into a racial matter.

He also expressed hope that those with ulterior motives would not twist the matter or make their own biased interpretations or cause unnecessary misunderstanding, before going on to stress that Hua Zong did not describe the government as intending to recognise the UEC.

“I want to emphasise and state that, regardless of whether it was during the meeting or in the prime minister’s own subsequent Facebook post, it was not stated that the government wants to recognise the UEC. Hua Zong also did not quote the prime minister as announcing that the government wants to recognise the UEC!” he said in the Chinese-language statement that was also posted up as a link last night on Hua Zong’s Facebook page.

Goh yesterday pointed out that Hua Zong had instead quoted the prime minister as indicating that there could be further talks based on government policies and the country’s situation to seek for a final “consensus” on the UEC matter, and had also cited the prime minister as being prepared to further engage Hua Zong and the Dong Jiao Zong — comprising of the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) and the United Chinese School Teachers’ Association of Malaysia (Jiao Zong).

Among other things, Hua Zong had cited the prime minister as indicating that an understanding of the country’s policies and situation was required for further talks on the UEC matter, while also citing Muhyiddin as having shared his personal opinion that he too hoped that the government would finally be able to recognise the UEC if possible.

Also in Hua Zong’s statement yesterday, Goh said he fully supports the prime minister’s indication that further talks could be held on the UEC issue based on government policies and the country’s situation to seek for a final consensus, noting that this was positive as it indicated that the new government is open to talks and negotiation on the UEC matter.

Goh said he supported and agreed with Muhyiddin’s statement this morning that the UEC has to be in line with the National Education Policy if the government was to consider its resolution in the future.

Goh also concurred with the prime minister on the events that transpired during their July 16 meeting, following confusion that led to claims by some people that the federal government will be recognising the UEC which later sparked an uproar.

“Just as the prime minister stated, in the meeting, the government (prime minister) did not announce the recognition of the UEC,” Goh said.

“YAB PM never announced the recognition of UEC during the dialogue. This is in line with the PM’s statement and also Huazong’s statement,” he said in the latest statement.

Goh reiterated that “Huazong had never stated that YAB PM or the government is giving recognition to the UEC.”

Huazong has had to repeatedly make clear its stand despite its previous notice that it has never quoted the prime minister saying “the government wants to recognise the UEC”.