Sunday, March 30, 2008

Opposition MPs Cannot Officiate School Functions

I have seen many sore losers in sports but seeing it in the Malaysian political scenario is really eye opening. Would say that I have not read or heard of it before as the opposition parties have not gained much in previous general elections until the political tsunami took Malaysia by storm in its recent 12th general election.

Firstly, UMNO supporters took the streets in Penang in protest against the new opposition government's suggestion to do away with corrupted practises pertaining to contract awards. UMNO Penang also wrote to the Federal government to withold all infrastructure projects (monorail, highways) as Penang citizens have dislodged the ruling party from Penang in the recent general election.

What a sore loser! To me and everybody that I came across, it's purely political revenge by UMNO Penang and not taking into consideration of the Penang citizens in mind. They care more for their positions in the state government than the hardships faced by the Penang citizens.

Secondly, the Education Ministry has given a directive to acting Penang education director Ibrahim Mohamad that all schools in five states controlled by non-Barisan Nasional parties have been verbally adviced to take a neutral stand in inviting executive councillors or assemblyman for official functions, for the time being. Only this five states and the other states are free to invite any executive councillors or assemblyman as long as they were from the ruling parties?

Reading: D-G: Only ministry officers allowed at school functions - Star

But I want to give a standing ovation to National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council president Associate Professor Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasa for standing up to what was more logical. He said "Members of Parliament (MPs) and assemblymen from non-Barisan Nasional (BN) parties should be allowed to attend and officiate at school events. As long as the politician does not politicise or use the school premise for political objectives, then they should be allowed. There are bound to be a 'grey areas' and that the Education Ministry should come up with a guidelines soon."

Just in case the Education Ministry officials have some memory lapse, please note that Ong Ka Ting was officiating a function at SK Taman Rasah Jaya and furthermore, the function was organised by Mambau assemblyman Datuk Yu Chok Tow. Why the double standard? Why it could be done by Barisan Nasional MPs but not Opposition MPs? I extracted this news from MCA's own website.

If the Education Ministry is so free to do all this nonsense, please pay attention to the following statement that have been made just prior to the general election - Leaders to discuss calls to reopen Damansara school.

All three persons, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and acting Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon were supposed to consider this request JUST BEFORE the general election. Even our Prime Minister was quoted to have said "various Chinese chamber representatives had raised the matter when they met him recently". So, what's the decision now?

Don't think it would materialise as Selangor and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur have fallen into the hands of the oppositions. That's how it works, right? Politics being practised in the education arena?

Related posts:-
* Political Tsunami in Malaysia's Election
Tags: UMNO Penang, Political Tsunami, Penang, Education Ministry, Executive Councillor, Assemblyman, Malaysian Politics, National Parent-Teacher Association

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