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Penang Education Deputy Director should stop playing politics

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Aliran is perturbed
that the Penang State Deputy Director of Education, who is a civil
servant, instead of discharging his duties pertaining to education,
has unfortunately directed his attention to matters of politics. This
is conduct unbecoming of a civil servant and must be condemned in no
uncertain words.

We have learnt that
he has instructed heads of schools in Penang to “play safe” and
not invite State Government leaders and other elected representatives as VIPs and guests of honour to grace or officiate

Does the State
Deputy Director of Education recognise these leaders and officials as
elected representatives of the people? Just because they don’t come
from the Barisan Nasional, do they stop being our state leaders?

The Deputy Director
is treading on dangerous grounds. When he shows scant respect to our
state leaders, what kind of example is he setting for others to

It is a matter of
grave regret that he has put into motion and sidelined and ignored
State leaders and other elected representatives from participating
and being involved in functions organised by schools and his

Is this why the
Penang Schools Sports Council (MSSPP) meet in Batu Kawan this week
will be officially closed by a senior official from the Education
Department instead of, according to the usual tradition, the Penang
Chief Minister?

Aliran would like
the Minister of Education to clarify publicly whether he condones
the stand taken by the Penang State Deputy Director of Education. It
is a clarification that he owes to the people of Malaysia and which
is anxiously awaited by all caring and concerned Malaysians.

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Aliran executive

26 March 2008

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