Penang school heads told not to invite State Govt leaders as VIPs

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School heads in Penang have been instructed or “advised” not to invite State Government leaders and other elected representatives in Penang as VIPs and guests-of-honour. The message was conveyed during a briefing last Wednesday by a senior official from the Penang Education Department, which comes under the federal-level Education Ministry.

The directive/”advice” to play on the safe-side was made verbally (and not in writing), according to a principal of a school in Penang and confirmed by another senior staff member from the same school. They were understandably indignant at the ruling.

This just shows the kind of small-mindedness among certain Education Dept/Ministry officials. I believe even DAP-PKR state assembly members who are not holding exco posts may now not be invited as VIPs/guests-of-honour to schools.

Take a look at this year’s Penang Schools Sports Council (MSSPP) meet, which is opening today in Batu Kawan and closing on Friday. The Penang school sports meet traditionally has been officially opened by the Governor of Penang and closed by the Penang Chief Minister. But this time around, my second source said that the invitation cards issued to schools indicates that the closing ceremony will be officiated by the State Education Director.

I wonder if there is a similar ruling/”advice” in the other four opposition-controlled states. Perhaps readers of this blog who are school heads can tell us.

But I think there is a silver lining. This directive will, unwittingly, give the new Penang State Government leaders more time to spend on running the state efficiently, instead of wasting time officiating at routine school functions. Though I am sure the Education Department officials did not have that in mind!

Now, the question is, will USM officials follow suit and avoid State Government leaders like the plague?

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karma
karma

Show of arrogance will make the rakyat hate them more. This is the problem with those in power. They don’t realise that the ultimate power is in the hand of the rakyat.

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Amarit Singh Sekhon
Amarit Singh Sekhon

Small man with bird brains. He forgot that the same Rakyat that, put the B Rakyat Government up there, is the same Rakyat that pays taxes and his salary comes from there.

Let it be a warning to school heads that, they are to abide by a decoroum set as an unwritten rule, that schools teaches us, to respect thier leaders and the elected leaders, have a mandate from the population, not from a silly lackey of BN.

Abide by the principle of Ethics.
I am sure we learn this from HOME EDUCATION DG OR WHATEVER YOU WISH TO BE CALLED.

Calvin Kline
Calvin Kline
Disgustingly disgraceful!, firstly I think the rot of the situation is actually a reflection of the mentality of the Kris wielding Education Minister who was maintained after the 12GE, so he is still running the ministry. Secondly, all the Education Ministry people are the same low mentality people who are still maintaining their crony stick attitudes. If they were truly apolitical, they should not be concerned with who is the government of the day. The majority rakyat who voted in the current government are sending their children to these schools, so I hope those education ministry (people) will stop playing… Read more »
JenniferLoo
JenniferLoo
Friends, if boycott is the name of the game then let us show them that we can also play this game well. I left a comment on the previous post calling for a boycott of all BN owned companies. Here I am again asking you to boycott any BN owned businesses such as the MSM. My email is barisanr at yahoo dot com. If you would like to help out or contribute the names of any businesses with known affiliations with the BN…., please feel free to email me. Once I am confident that there is enough names on my… Read more »
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Larry

Selamat Pagi Cikgu! If our history books could be rewritten, restricted quotas for admission to the Then top Universities, language and grades determined etc by the Ministry of Education…I ain’t surprised at all.

Let us all have a Karaoke session of the school, state and national anthem to relieve our stress. LOL!

vinodx

oh!!! that y my school sports day is opened by yang dipertua PIBG instead of Prof.Dr.Ramasamy !!!!

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Mccoy
Mccoy

I am shy to be a Malayisan

deepo
deepo

i think the USM should give fully autonomy….why? so that the …UMNO wont disturb the student’s rigth here…. even our campus election they involved in where this election should be our own business….so sad about this BN-thing…….

mct
mct
At this stage I actually do not see any reason why state goverment’s reps would want to be invited as VIPs for such events at all. My experience of such events is that they are there to serve as decorations only, without any meaningful contribution to them. More often than not, these VIPs took advantage of them to conduct political speeches; when at this stage of their education, students’ focus should on other things.In reality, how many attendees of such events actually listen and heard what is said?. It would be more productive for the politicians to spent their time… Read more »
Y Leong
Y Leong
The report above and a second one, “Schools in 5 states told to be neutral” written by Regina Williams and carried in Malaysia Today and main stream media gives reason for Malaysians to be worried that they have not done a complete job of removing the BN entirely. This situation provokes several thoughts. Firstly, the instructions may have come from some brainless… toadying State or Federal Level Government Official (Read- people employed by the government)to show their (misguided) “loyalty” to the Barisan or specifically to UMNO. Secondly, there is also the probability that the instructions came from some political creep… Read more »
mandela
mandela

If this is true, then Umno, BN, Krismudin is digging their own grave… Let them… Sore losers!!

Chris Lee
Chris Lee

This is nothing new. Of late certain elite schools in Penang did invite federal ministers to officiate their functions.

zana
zana

State Government, is not the same as Party.
Chief Minister is not the same as any party position/representative

Understand ?

romerz
romerz
This is what I wrote in Malaysia-Today concerning this topic : A very petty and stupid message from a small-minded ‘little Napoleon’ who is still ignorant of the rakyat’s impatience and anger. Its people like these who bring ridicule and scorn to fair-minded people still working within the system to change from within. I refer to those who are not brave enough to be confrontational but at the same time would like to see changes for a more ‘just’ government institutions. I would like to offer a counter suggestion to this directive. Invite no one who is in any way… Read more »
S T Choo
S T Choo

This so-called official from the state education dept should be sacked. He is paid by the people’s money and the people(which include me) want to sack him now. He is employed to do his job well. He should not play politic. Any elected representatives of the people is also his boss. So if he going against the elected representatives of the people, he is also going against the people. Then he should be sacked. The people do not want to employ such stupid official who do not know who is his boss.

Andrew
Andrew

Pubic servants.

Cikgu
Cikgu

As I heard from the briefing, the senior official advice not to invite elected representative from ANY PARTY as guest of honor if possible. I think there’s a miscommunication here.

edward
edward

Yes, these so-called “messenger” need to be identified and their name published!!! Expose them under the day light of their shameful acts.

Anak Malaysia
Anak Malaysia

It never stop to amuse me that the fate of my beloved country is under the hands of these ministers. A ….. would have done a better job than them

artic turban
artic turban

The BR STATE CM AND MBs should make a joint statement that those DIRECTORS AND heads of dept who find it hard to work with the BR govt should resign their positions, or ask to be reassigned, I am digressing here a bit but I heard that 8 out of 12 waterpumps broke down recently, are these pumps new, if they are there should be a garantee period, and normally if the cost of these pumps are higher than the gurantee period is normally longer, mr. anil can you checkon this as i am living overseas

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