‘UEC acceptance for CLP pre-empts government, Thomas’

‘UEC acceptance for CLP pre-empts government, Thomas’

PUCHONG: Negeri Sembilan Bersatu chief Tan Sri Rais Yatim accused Attorney General Tommy Thomas of pre-empting by accepting the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) as a prerequisite for the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination.

“What the larger interest group wants is for the AG’s Chambers to do its homework first. You are now making two official educational streams,” he said on social media site, Facebook.

“In the law education, you recognise UEC in the vernacular system, the decision is not yet made. I think you should have waited a bit longer so that the government can make the proper choice,” he said.

He said this in response to Thomas’ announcement as Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia chairman that recognizes the UEC from the year 2021.

The former minister also erroneously trained his guns at deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching over the issue.

“The crowd saying you are playing into partisan politics is becoming louder when Teo announced on your behalf that the AG’s Chambers is giving prompt recognition to UEC in the legal education sphere.

“It would be good if you issue a statement on this and not allow Teo to exploit your position. Once it becomes a vivid political issue, you may find the cauldron too hot to stay in,” he said in the protest note.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik had announced that his ministry is undecided on the status of the UEC.

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