Teacher In Trouble With Education Ministry After Posting Dyana's Campaign Poster On FB
The Education Ministry has allegedly warned a teacher to remove her Facebook page for posting pro-opposition photos and news clippings.
A School Teacher Has Received Warnings From The Education Ministry For Posting Dyana Sofya's Campaign Poster Onto Her Facebook Wall
3 June 2014: Posting DAP's Teluk Intan candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud's campaign poster onto Facebook, among others, has landed a teacher in hot water with the government. Her other postings, which were deemed anti-government, include a 1980's news clipping quoting first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman calling for the abolition of Umno.malaysiakini.com
According To The Teacher, High Ranking Officials From The Education Ministry "Advised" Her To Remove Her Postings As They Are Deemed "Anti-Government"
According to the teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity, high-ranking officials in the Education Ministry has called her since last week to “advise” her to remove the postings as they are deemed “anti-government”.malaysia-chronicle.com
The teacher, who has served for 16 years, said that she was told that there had been a complaint made against her.malaysiakini.com
They Warned Her To Close Down Her Facebook Page And She Will Be "Monitored From Time To Time"
She claimed that in the latest in a series of calls and text messages she has received, a special officer to the Education Ministry director-general had told her to close down her Facebook page and that she will be “watched”. “He said: 'We will monitor from time to time'.malaysia-chronicle.com
The Teacher Of 16 Years Says "There Are Teachers Involved In Sex Scandals, Teachers Who Don't Go To Class, Schools Without Facilities And They Want To Spend Time Monitoring Facebook."
“Can you understand what he is saying? That's okay. I'll just wait and see (what they do). For all I know, I'll get a transfer letter,” she said when contacted. “It is really silly. There are teachers involved in sex scandals, teachers who don't go to class, schools without facilities and they want to spend time monitoring Facebook.”malaysiakini.com
“There are teachers who are Umno division heads, who attend Umno annual general assembly as delegates, but that is fine?” she further asked. She added that the ministry officials had also allegedly cautioned her against taking the matter to the media.malaysiakini.com
A Special Officer Has Confirmed That He Did Make Contact With The Teacher As Instructed By The Education Director-General Khair Mohamad Yusof
When contacted, the special officer confirmed that he had contacted the teacher upon instruction from the director-general Khair Mohamad Yusof, but refused to elaborate further.
“I cannot comment as I am a civil servant. You will have to contact the director-general,” he said.
Others who have contacted the teacher regarding her Facebook postings include a ministry counsellor as well as an education department officer from the state where the teacher had once taught.malaysia-chronicle.com
When contacted, a state education department officer, who also refused to be named, admitted to have called the teacher in question but insisted it was only “to advise as a friend.” “She is no longer teaching in my state so I have no powers (to instruct her), but we are friends. For me, teachers should concentrate on teaching, not on politics,” he said.malaysiakini.com
At The Same Time, Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Urged Teachers To Return To Politics Under Barisan Nasional's Fold
Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has urged teachers to return to politics under BN’s fold, after conceding a past ruling barring teachers from politics was a mistake.malaysiakini.com
“Be it Umno, MIC, MCA, BN, teachers are the real movers of these parties. “We may have made a mistake 10 to 12 years ago by not allowing teachers to hold positions in political parties and they were forced to resign (from BN). “But we have now allowed teachers to be active again (in politics) so I appeal to teachers to come back to us, help us,” he told a teachers appreciation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur today.malaysiakini.com
Tengku Adnan said teachers’ non-participation in politics may have weakened BN as they were initially the prime movers of the coalition. “Perhaps it is this which has weakened us. Because we don’t have the prime movers, the prime movers were the teachers, headmasters and principals,” he said. In 2010, the ban on teachers from participating in active politics was lifted though other civil servants are still barred.malaysiakini.com
In Response, DAP Advisor Lim Guan Eng Criticised The Education Ministry, Calling Them Practitioners Of Hypocrisy And Double Standards
The Education Ministry has been criticised for ordering a teacher to remove her Facebook page after she posted campaign posters of DAP's Teluk Intan by-election candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, claiming it was anti-government.themalaysianinsider.com
"It is indeed the height of irony that on one hand, Tengku Adnan is urging teachers to return to politics under Barisan Nasional’s fold, conceding that the headmasters, principals and teachers were the 'real movers' of Umno, MCA, MIC and BN in the past, but on the other hand, high-ranking officials from Education Ministry were reprimanding a teacher for posting campaign posters of Dyana Sofya on Facebook," Lim said in a statement today.msn.com
"Is this what (Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib Razak meant when he boasted that he wanted to make Malaysia the 'best democracy in the world' – where teachers have only the right to take part in politics if they become the 'prime movers” of Barisan Nasional but not Pakatan Rakyat – becoming practitioners of hypocrisy and double standards?"themalaysianinsider.com
Lim questioned if Najib will put an end to what he described as "Dyanaphobia" which is "beginning to sweep the education ministry" or whether he would succumb to the Dyana-bashing. "If the Umno/BN government succumbed to Dyanaphobia, there is no clearer signal of the impending end of Umno/BN rule in Malaysia," he added.themalaysianinsider.com