Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) said Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) has obtained an ISO 9001 :2008 quality management certification from four countries which were Malaysia, China, United Kingdom and Japan.
Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, which is the MCA deputy president said that UEC was accepted as entry qualifications by more than half of private colleges and universities in Malaysia. UEC has been recognized in study applications by more than 1,000 colleges and universities, both public and private, in countries such as the UK, United States, Australia, Japan, Singapore and China.
Dr Wee said the curriculum of Chinese independent high schools and the UEC examinations were set out by the United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong), not the administration of the respective Chinese vernacular schools.
Vincent Lau Lee Ming, chairman of the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), which organises the UEC, had deny the claims that the syllabus for UEC’s history subject had been taken from Taiwan and China. He said Dong Zong was ready to talk about the matter with the education ministry on its decision to require students to pass history to obtain a UEC certificate.
In addition, Dr Wee said the recognition of UEC would not endanger the status of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language. It is because, UEC students must also fulfil the requirement of at least a credit in Bahasa Malaysia in SPM.
He also said that multi-stream education system is not a hindrance to national unity as there are now more non-Chinese students which are Malays and Indians attending national-type Chinese schools which is Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) and Chinese independent secondary schools (SMPC). The two types of school which one of the multi-stream education system in Malaysia, never have the intention or wish to take control the main national education.