MCA and DAP have voiced strong concerns over PM’s remarks on the Unified Examination Certification (UEC) recognition.
MCA vice-president Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said he was disappointed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks that the UEC recognition must take into account the feelings of the Malays.
He said the issue must take into account the feelings of the Chinese community too as their sentiments about the recognition of the certification appeared to be ignored.
“The people who supported (Dr Mahathir) include Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups.
“UEC is not just a Chinese but a national issue, but the government only takes into account the feelings of the Malays and not the Chinese,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“Is it because he considers the Chinese second-class citizens in Malaysia?” he asked.
Selangor DAP secretary and Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu said he read Dr Mahathir’s remarks “with concern” and expressed his disappointment.
“Excuse me but recognising the UEC was part of the Pakatan Harapan pledge. This was a promise made to the voters.
“You can’t just turn around after the election and say you can’t fulfil your promises because you are concerned about how some people might feel about it.
“I’m very disappointed with this and I hope Pakatan leaders will speak up about the importance of keeping promises,” he said.
He insisted that Malaysians voted for Pakatan Harapan (PH) because of its promises, and that these promises must be honoured, including UEC recognition, or the voters would no longer trust PH.
Dr Mahathir in an interview with Sin Chew Daily said the government needs to address the unequal wealth distribution between ethnic groups before recognising the UEC.
“Recognising UEC is easy, just sign. But we need time to bring two to three racial groups, including natives in Sabah and Sarawak, onto the same position of economic development.
“They (Malays) feel that they are getting lesser, and this kind of imbalance is getting bigger,” he said.