The Sarawak state government would continue to recognise the United Education Certificate’s (UEC) and continue to provide financial aid to Chinese schools in the state, said Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.
The policy, adopted since the late Adenan Satem, has enabled the Sarawak people with the certificate to join the state civil service and also obtain education loan from Sarawak Foundation, making it the only state in the country to recognise UEC, which is equivalent to the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM), Bernama reported.
“As the captain, I’ll continue with the policy of recognising UEC and providing financial aid to Chinese schools in Sarawak,” he said at the Sibu division United Chinese Association’s Chinese New Year celebration here on Tuesday night.
Abang Johari said he would also continue to fight for the devolution of power from the federal government to the state, as well as to further develop the state’s economy and protect the green environment in the state.
The state government, he said, also planned to hold a digital economic conference.
Sarawak, which now has a population of 2.7 million, had its own strength, in terms of natural resources and the talents of its people, he said.