DAP claims JAIS meddling with non-Muslim teacher recruitment, baseless: Fatimah


PETRA JAYA: State Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah today schooled DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen on his recent accusations involving recruitment of teachers in Sarawak.

Fatimah, who is the caretaker minister of Sarawak’s education affairs, said Chong’s insinuations that the State Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) had meddled with the teachers’ recruitment process was misleading and made with bad intention.

Referring to the case involving an applicant identified as Wong Wang Yuen, Fatimah said the former had applied for the post of Education Service Officer (DG41) that was advertised by JAIS through the state government’s e-recruitment system.

“The post was advertised to find suitable candidates to supervise Arabic language classes, handle Kafa (Islamic learning) session and specialised curriculum at schools overseen by JAIS including Sekolah Agama Rakyat and “pesantren” (Islamic boarding school).

(File pix) Chong Chieng Jen had accused JAIS of filtering with applications of non-Muslim teachers. Pix by Muhd Zaaba Zakeria

“All candidates applied for the post will be vetted by JAIS since they will be reporting to the department.

“This explains why her (Wong) application was rejected by JAIS since she was deemed as unsuitable for the post,” said Fatimah during a press conference here this afternoon.

Also present were Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Education and Family Development Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali and State Human Resource Unit director, William Patrick Nyigor.

“This has nothing to do with race.

“When one does not understand the system and remains suspicious of the state government, then, they will be making misleading assumption,” she said, referring to Chong’s baseless allegation.

She also told Chong to differentiate the recruitment process involving teacher and posts available in the State Civil Service.

E-recruitment, said Fatimah, is an online recruitment application for posts available in the State Civil Service while those who wish to be a teacher through an open market should apply at Jobs Malaysia.

In a report published by an online news portal, Chong had accused JAIS of filtering with applications of non-Muslim teachers and highlighted Wong’s misery.