Dong Zong ready to work with Unimas on the technicalities

Hong (centre) during the press conference with (from left) Wong, Wee, Chai and Liu.  — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

Hong (centre) during the press conference with (from left) Wong, Wee, Chai and Liu.
— Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) will work closely with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) to sort out the technicalities for Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) holders to study in Unimas.

Dong Zong chief executive officer, Hong Waon Ying, said the announcement by Senator Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian that the state government has decided to recognise UEC as a qualified entry to Unimas was good news for the association.

“This morning (yesterday), we were told by our chairman, Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau, that Unimas will accept UEC holders into Unimas.

“I’m not sure how many disciplines on this they will offer, but from our side, we can provide the grading measurement to Unimas for their reference,” she told a press conference here yesterday.

According to her, Dong Zong has been given a formula by the Ministry of Higher Education that enabled the association to determine the grading measurement of UEC results.

“For example, for an A1 result, we can convert this to the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) equivalent based on a formula from the ministry. That is basically the information that we can provide to Unimas.”

She added that the association looked forward to working with the university and hoped the final decision on enrolling the UEC holders could be made as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, even though Dr Sim did tell reporters here yesterday that Unimas had opened its doors to UEC holders, Unimas vice chancellor, Prof Dato Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, when contacted, clarified that a decision on the matter had not been made yet.

Kadim said there were many things to look into, including consulting the Unimas Senate and Ministry of Higher Education.

Also present at the press conference were Sarawak United Association of Private Chinese Secondary School Management Board vice-chairman Richard Wee, United Association of Board of Management of Chinese Primary School secretary general Chai Voon Tok, United Association of Kuching/Samarahan Chinese Primary Schools chairman Pemanca Liu Thian Leong, Chung Hua Primary Schools No.1 to 6 management committee chairman Wong Tiong Hook.