KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) has hoped that the prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is also the interim Education Minister now could expedite the delivery of Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s long-overdue promise of recognizing the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) for the Chinese independent high school students.

Besides this, he also hoped that Dr Mahathir could take time out to have dialogue with the various key educationist groups in the country, including those from the Chinese schools, to listen to their views in regards to education reform.

Goh was also convinced that being the interim Education Minister cum the prime minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir has greater executive powers to resolve the many pressing issues affecting our education, including the thorny issue of khat lesson that is currently besieging the vernacular schools.

He expressed regret that throughout his 20 months of tenure, the former Education Minister never had meeting and dialogue with the key Chinese educationist groups over pressing matters affecting Chinese education, neither had he responded to their request for such a meeting cum dialogue.

“Such an unapproachable attitude is unacceptable in a country that practices democracy,” said Goh in a statement issued on Saturday.

He thus hoped that Dr Mahathir could make it a top priority to conduct a meeting cum dialogue with the key Chinese educationist groups, to listen to their views and to provide necessary assistance and solutions to issues affecting the Chinese education.

He further stressed that regardless of the prime minister cum interim Education Minister, or the incoming Education Minister, he must speed up reform of the nation’s education, so as to facilitate the realisation of the country’s grand scheme of Industry 4.0 and Shared Prosperity Vision 2030.

“Education is the most important aspect for human capital development and nation building. Hence, it is utmost important that our government must always take into consideration of our nation’s multiracial-and-multi culture background in formulating our education policies, so that the country and the people could move forward in the same direction,” he reiterated.-pr/BNN