This article lays down bare facts about Chinese primary (SJK(C)), secondary (SMJK) and independent Chinese schools in Malaysia. The differences between the UEC examinations & SJK(C) that’re wrongly lumped together are clearly explained. The author opined that the recognition of the UEC should be a separate issue which should not be confused with the Chinese Malaysian community’s wish for the government to increase the number of Chinese primary schools, especially in new urban areas.
A comment was made by Tun Tan Siew Sin in 1969 relating to the issue of Merdeka University (MU), “It is easier for hell to freeze than the Merdeka University to be established in this country.” He received a lot of negative feedback for his comment. MCA subsequently fared badly in the General Election of 1969. On hindsight, was Tun Tan Siew Sin just being pragmatic? 48 years on who would have thought that Malaysia of today can have around 40% of her youths enrolled in tertiary institutions, over 150,000 international students and indeed is the 9th ranked country for higher education! And hell need not freeze over for all these to be attained too!