Chinese schools promote unity, says Malay UEC grad

Source: FMT News

UEC grad Farah Halijah says studying in a Chinese school taught her the value of acceptance and the importance of respecting the views of those of other races. Pic taken from FMT News.

UEC grad Farah Halijah says studying in a Chinese school taught her the value of acceptance and the importance of respecting the views of those of other races. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Farah Halijah Halim, 29, says that contrary to what some Malaysians say, Chinese schools in her opinion, promote unity among the various races in Malaysia.

Farah told FMT of her first-hand experience, relating how her primary and secondary school education in Chinese schools had taught her how to interact better with those of other races.

“In a way, it (Chinese school education) taught me the value of acceptance. Instead of demanding people respect and understand my needs, I learnt how to tolerate other people’s points of view as well.”

She said her non-Malay peers were also sensitive about the halal and haram aspect of Islam and were genuinely curious about how Malays lived. Read more

Putrajaya ‘stupid’ for not endorsing Unified Examination Certificate, says Sarawak CM

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Nov 4 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem blasted the federal government today for its refusal to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) awarded to graduates of local Chinese independent schools.

Continuing, he said such a “stupid policy” was detrimental to the country’s growth, as it failed to fully utilise young talents to the local labour force.

“Many countries and private universities all over the world give due recognition to UEC, but not Malaysia. What a waste,” he said at the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Integrity Day here. Read more