‘Show-cause to teachers violates government circular’

‘Show-cause to teachers violates government circular’

PPBM Youth leader says the move has infringed on the Federal Constitution and a Public Service Department circular in August 2010 that allows for teachers to engage in politics.

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth has criticised the Education Ministry’s decision to slap show-cause letters on five teachers for partaking in politics on an opposition stage as being “autocratic” and in breach of a government circular that allowed such activity.

Mohd Ashraf Mustaqim Badrul Munir, the wing’s executive councillor in charge of education and university student issues, today said the move had infringed on the Federal Constitution and a Public Service Department circular in August 2010 that allowed teachers to engage in politics.

In a statement today he said the circular allowed government servants between grades DG41 and DG48 to become members of political parties or be directly involved in politics.

“In fact, they are allowed to contest or hold posts in any political party,” he said, adding that civil servants in high management and in professional management positions are only allowed to be ordinary members of parties.

Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid had announced yesterday that five teachers alleged to have criticised the government on an opposition platform were slapped with show-cause letters from the ministry.

“We live in a democratic country. We do not have a problem with anyone supporting whoever they liked,” Mahdzir was quoted as saying in a Bernama report.

“But the problem arises when a government official goes on an opposition stage and gives a speech to hit out at the government while he is holding a public post.”

Ashraf questioned how a minister could issue such a statement simply due to opposing political ideology. He claimed that it went against the provision set out in the circular and also violated citizens’ rights.

“In fact, Article 10 in the Constitution safeguards the rights of the five teachers,” he added, pointing out that it allows all citizens to have free speech and be able to voice out.

‘Show-cause to teachers violates government circular’
March 28, 2017 – FMT


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