Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The state government’s solid backing of Chinese schools in the state is a reflection of its position on education, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said this, along with the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), was the state government viewing that education was colour blind.

“The Gabungan Parti Sarawak government recognises UEC as one of the qualifications for the Sarawak civil service.

“(This is) along with providing financial assistance to 14 Chinese independent high schools since 2014,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

He was commenting on the RM9mil allocation given by the state government to the schools for 2020 — a RM1mil increase from last year’s RM8mil.

The recognition of UEC was started during former Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s administration and continued by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s administration.

Dr Sim said Adenan’s decision to recognise UEC came out of the blue. He also recalled that Adenan asked him to relay the news to the Chinese Middle School Board he was set to meet at the time.

“He (Adenan) said, please tell them (the board) Sarawak will recognise UEC, making it the first government in Malaysia to do so.

“Abang Johari continued the annual funding because education is colour blind and in Sarawak, Chinese schools are for all races in Sarawak,” Dr Sim stressed.