Ministry awaiting response from teachers who took part in opposition activities


PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry is still waiting for responses from the five teachers who were given show cause letters for criticising the government at a talk organised by a political party, said its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

"Being involved in politics is not a problem, but do not go up onstage for the opposition and go overboard in the speeches," he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call from Japan's Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Makio Miyagawa at his ministry here today.

He said the action that would be taken against these teachers would depend on how much cooperation they gave regarding the matter.

Mahdzir has been reported as saying that only a small number of the 435,000 teachers in the country were actively involved with opposition parties and that the ministry was monitoring the situation.

He also stressed that it was not a problem if a civil servant made a comment on social media but it should be a constructive comment.

"It is not a problem if the criticism is constructive, such as on the issue of students who had to sit on the floor because there were no chairs, and when we inspected the school, there really were no chairs...that is OK," he said.

On his meeting with Miyagawa, Mahdzir said the Japanese Ambassador presented a US$69,000 (RM304,608)donation from the Japanese Government to the Institute of Teacher Education's International Languages Campus (IPGKBA).

Mahdzir said IPGKBA was chosen as the recipient under the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Project (GCGP) for its Japanese Language teacher education programme.

"The contribution will be used to upgrade the language laboratories and training rooms in the campus as well as other facilities," he said.

The training and service programme for Japanese Language has so far produced 67 teachers from 2005 to 2013 who have been posted to fully residential secondary schools as well as day secondary schools throughout the country. -- BERNAMA