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


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!

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 politics, concentrate on improving the education system and not waste time on deciding who should be invited to officiate functions at schools.

  4. 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 list to create a strong enough impact, I will make public these names for you to take action against them.

    Until then… Makkal Sakthi!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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…….

  7. 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 to conduct what they have been elected to do.

  8. 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 from the BN or specifically UMNO who wants to show that the party/parties can still call the shots an put the political leaders in “opposition states” can be put in place, belittled or treated like dirt even though the BN has been ousted in the 5 States.
    Either way, members of the entire heirachy of the Ministry of Education (State, District and school personnel) should know (and if they don’t or have not realized) that other than the few Politically appointed positions such as the Minister, Deputy Minister and probably a few other minor political appointees, the members of the Education organization are GOVERNMENT SERVANTS who should carry out their duties irrespective of whether the political leaders in their respective states are from the BN or Barisan Rakyat. In fact, this principle should be the norm in all administrative, government departments as well. Anyone who choses to act contrary to this very simple rule should either quit or be sacked.
    What is seriously worrisome is that this situation should develop in the Area of education. Whoever is giving out these instructions do not care for the children but are self centered and should be identified very quickly.
    The Minister of Education if he claims to be worth his salt and the PM himself should take immediate action to put an end to the situation. Like it or not, the action of whoever the culprit is, has seriously dented your already very damaged status. Silence or inaction from your end will be the final nails hammered into your (political) coffins as well as the coffins of the BN, UMNO and the component parties.
    It will not surprise me though that there will be no comments or action from the mentally challenged “leaders” that we have – all the easier it will be for Malaysians to decide on who to elect when PRU13 comes around.

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

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

    Understand ?

  11. 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 related to politics (except for the circumstances below). Instead invite people of high standing in the community (without political affiliations) and those who have contributed to the schools in particular and education in general.

    These people should be made the only VIP and at the same time, if there are any politicians from either side, who has a track record of doing something for the school/education concerned, let him/her be an invited guest.

    In this way, those who are afraid of defying the directive, cannot be accused of defiance and at the same time promote the ‘new’ way forward in a subtle way. The so called YBs can be reminded of the rakyat’s intolerance for too much politicking when it comes to the real business of educating the young minds for the good of themselves and the nation.

    I believe there are many school heads who see the injustice and stupidity of this directive but at the same time, not prepared to defy it, because of the real need not to jeopardize their livelihood.

    Take the middle and non-confrontational road but remain within the system until the ‘opposition’ can guarantee your future but slowly chip away at the prevailing injustices.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Teacher, teacher, who’s the CM in Penang? DIAM. DIAM. KITA tak ada CM. Dah Mati. Macam bapak addict you.

  18. What can you expect of the people who still cling ti their seats. Typical of them to “punish” the people who have beaten them. For years, Malaysians living in constituencies held by opposition parties are denied basic amenities (if the BN can get away with providing the least, all the better). That mentality of so called political leaders has bot changed since 1969 and I honestly do not expect to see any change in them.
    As for the “messenger” who delivered the “advise not to invite State Government leaders and elected representatives from the DAP-PKR as VIPs and guests-of-honour” I feel that the “messenger” should be identified so that we can ‘follow the advise trail’ to identify the “Adviser”.
    It is time that all nonsense perpetrated by the BN and to be fair, if the Barisan Rakyat should ever behave or act in the same way, the identity of each guilty party should be made public so that they may be judged by the people. Previously, the public are left wondering what happened after some mischief or nonsense is perpetrated as the Media will obediently keep their mouths shut. The internet is the people’s weapon to expose whatever mischief committed and we should make full use of this medium to keep all informed.

  19. Anyway, as the almighty federal government, any directives should be in written form, signed off and communicated to avoid confusion. That’s basic management.

    So can the gentlemen please put the directive in writing? I as a tax payer would request such directives communicated and justified openly.

  20. I thought I heard the Prime Minister’s noble call to develop first class human capital blah blah blah…if that is the case, Penang students should interact more with intelligent people.

    I can see certain members of the state government, like LGE, Prof R, Liew Chen Tong (have to check my spelling) and Jeff Ooi are among the outstanding ones that the students should meet up and learn from.

    It would not augur well with such a noble objective when opportunities to interact and learn positively is denied.

  21. Can someone start taking down these officers’ names (or IC) or even do a voice/video recording when these so called “officers” give briefing in the schools. Don’t forget to upload to the youtube 🙂

  22. IMHO current CM should not feel upset for not being invited for such functions. We the rakyat have voted him there to serve us with honesty and just. Serve the state with the trust we’ve put onto you LGE, by the time the next election comes, the rakyat knows who does the real job in the office.
    These puny minded officials who instructed such directives to the schools should be ashamed of themselves. Akin to small kids throwing tantrum for not getting the ice cream!
    The time will come when the school heads will realise their mistake in collaborating (either intentionally or otherwise) with these morons.
    Just my 2 cents …

  23. From past experiences, functions officiated by government officials, were , in most cases, occasions in which much animosity was generated against these officials. These ‘public servants’, allowing power to get into their heads, acted like lords. The rakyat was made to wait for the arrivals of such ‘big-shots’. Now that most of the them had been ‘shot’ and had left the scene, it would work to the benefits of the rakyat and the newly-elected members that such invitations are stopped. It is better not to lose the hard-earned goodwill of the public unnecessary.

  24. Even though the “advice” was given based on dubious intent, not only it could turn out to be a silver lining, it also would do away with unnecessary protocol. I was in the PIBG for some years and we were often so frustrated by these so-called VIPs who acted as if the school functions were their “grand-father’s” business. They can late, pulling their weights around, expected to be served, gave long and winding speeches to promote themselves, expected gifts… and the list goes on. The schools have been turned into a political arena for campaign. I suggested to my PIBG committee that we should invite people who are really concern about education and let them share the occasions. But sadly, even the PIBGs were now filled with political people, like the one I was in. I was wondering how do they now function with a different state government.

  25. That only shows how narrow-minded is BN lead by UMNO ! They never learn their lesson. These Opposition politicians are now state governors ! However, look at it at the bright side, it will be better for schools. Forget about wasting time on elaborate welcoming programme & protocol, concentrate on education . PP excels !

  26. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

    Exercise your democratic rights without fear or prejudice.

  27. BN is trying to find out why they did so badly in the elections. The reason is simple: many BN MPs have very small defective minds and huge egos. The only solution is to get rid of all of them – starting from the PM – and replace the party with true professionals who are intelligent and mature.

  28. Surely, this has to be from the Minister of Education himself, who only knows how to wield a kris that is only suited to a kid’s toy. No government elected representatives huh, so be it. These are some idiotic actions by the obsolete BN, which will self destruct sooner than many expected. They will never learn, will they?

  29. Such puny minds…and they talk about excellence in education of world class standard ! What utter rot ! Vote them out in the next GE !

  30. Tell this to the school kids.

    They are smart enough to know the truth and when they are older they will avoid BN like a plague…aahhh…if the BN is still around.

  31. And these are the people who are being entrusted with educating our future generation. No wonder voters get them packing.

  32. I am very glad and not surprise that this education official did that.We are well aware who his big boss is.This is the best the fake Hang Tuah can offer.Do you think he can have better ideas to uplift the standard of our education system? Well,it seems that the federal government is still suffering from somnambulism and cannot recover.We can wake them come the next general election.That’s why I am glad they continue with their misdemeanour.

  33. after my retirement, I have applied for a ‘contract teaching’ post in the govmen schools BUT my school has LOST my 33-year service record thus I was rejected & now being deprived of a ‘reemployment’ !! what could I do ? sue the school ? please HELP !!

  34. What is it they keep saying? Centre of educational excellence. As Pierce Brosnan replied when asked by Sulaiman something of TV3 on whether he would be doing any more Bond films after Goldeneye ” you know what, you should be in stand up comedy.”

  35. What a shame….! What are they trying to do? If the principles follow the verbal direction from an unethical officer, than they are not accountable enough to run the school. The people in Penang have voted for the opposition to bring up changes. If the direction is true, then the officials are ignoring people’s right and looking for trouble. This ugly method will punish BN in the 13th election. Do they ready to confront another tsunami?

  36. I am wonder, will that officer advice the school not to put up new CM photo too after ex-CM photo been removed from the wall? if so, i am speechless…

  37. After all the shout of a democratic election and country, surprised that this still happen in this country after 50 year of independence. Might as well UMNO%&%%^T turn themselves into a communist party and declare that this is a communist HADARI country. No election required. No agree with UMNO&%%&&t, no development in your area but you are still required to pay taxes for the the UMNO*I^*^*^*t pocket. bah …. what a joke leadership we have

  38. Similar directive will propel the total annihilation of BN in the next general elections.
    This is nothing new. Schools were never allowed to invite even elected Opposition MPs and SA members to official and unofficial functions. This is an unwritten rule.
    This is an indication of how difficult it will be for the 5 Opposition held state to be administered when we have small-minded-little Napoleans.
    BN allows then freedom to use and abuse their powers and funds. They will lose these privileges under BR.

  39. the rot starts from the head. dont expect goodwill when the Head’s way to deal with opposing views is to brandish the keris.
    the battle is not won by how many school functions being attended. it will boil down to a clean and efficient administration.
    before that, remember to tell the rakyat how, all these while in the name of NEP and service, the state assets had been plundered by the BN politicians. And lets see what state education directors say? what do they teach our youth, anyway? SHAME ON THESE EDUCATION DEPT FELLAS. But then, they are known to have onion skins, if you know what i mean.

  40. Some little bird told me this. Those in middle management are in dilemma. All of them wanted to get CM because for school kids, CM shown up has always been morale and ego boost for the youngsters. So I heard that, though not invited , some of them will still show up as surprise visit as not to disappoint the kids. No politics whatsoever, for the kids and kids only.

    Well, for the education department politburo from the top. Shame on you all !!! You only seek educate younglings of hatred and nothing short of sectarianism and guess what ? Your own young ones will grow up to hate you as well because you act as role model of HATE.

  41. I have always maintained that a large part of the failure of the BN is attributed to senior officr at every dept. Instaead of carrying out there duty as are required, they get involve in politics.

    It is at the administrative level that all the manipulation and duscrimination happened and it is quite possible that even the respective minister are in the dark about the inexcusable conduct of these officials.

    It is hope that the CM and MB and executive councillors take note to ensure that they are not undermined by these … officers. Transfer them back to the federal capital or sack them if within your power.

  42. With these small-minded people in charge of the Education Ministry, no wonder the school standards keep falling.

    If it is a directive from the top, it shows they have not been humbled enough.

  43. It seems UMNO BN never learn their lessons after 50 years.
    They are in perpetual state of denial, still thinking only them are given by GOD the right to rule in Malaysia.

    All others including new CM of Penang are considered outsiders as if they are not citizen, who are also paying taxes that goes into the government funds.

    Now with the Opposition in Parliment in huge number, all the DAP PKR PAS mps should speak up in one voice and stop this nonsence once and for all.

    Teach these UMNO (supporters) to recognised that the “oppostion” is now government by the people in Penang and the other 4 states and shall be given full recognition, meaning officiating every public events funded by the people.

    As it stands, in Penang, it is still the minority, rejected by the Penang voters who is running the show?

    If they keep on doing this in the next 5 years, the people of malaysia must really resolve to EXPEL them once and for all in the next election, meaning WIPE OUT UMNO altogether.

    Reformasi Borneo

  44. I am totally speechless and disappointed with this government official. In fact i will be surprise if this kind of things don’t happened!

    We should not be bothered by this kind of nonsense and get down to the real business.

    It is good of you to highlight to us that there are still many small-minded people among us!

  45. UMNO and its partners
    Oh well they don’t learn at all!
    Giving verbal instruction
    Telling school heads not to invite
    The state political leaders
    For the school functions and events
    How shallow these education officers are!

    The so called ‘little napoleon’
    The wall is crumbling around them
    Maybe within 100 days
    A new light shining in our lives

    These education officers
    And the UMNO leaders still
    Thinking about race
    Please stop think of Malaysia
    Aren’t we all Malaysians?

    The trouble with our race base leaders
    They can’t think themselves as Malaysians
    When they open their eyes to see around
    The sea of different colors floating
    They can’t believe it is Malaysia

    The education officers should revaluate their contributions
    The policies shouldn’t be centered on race alone
    This isn’t healthy to breed the young people
    For Malaysia is the country of their birth

    It is allegedly reported in schools
    The Hang Tuah story doesn’t teach since 2000
    Something about his race the education officers couldn’t believe
    When DNA was tested on him and his blood brothers

    Now these education officers want to divide
    They shouldn’t be in education they better play politics
    Leave the profession let others who have the heart in education
    To train and nurture these students to be outstanding people
    For glory belonging to Malaysia and her people

  46. Depending on how you look at it. If the instruction is done with good intension, this is actually a good thing. VIPs meaning politicians spent too much time in ceremonial events rather than doing work that they were elected to do. Some school heads also like to invite VIPs for personal glory, you know rubbibg shoulders with VIPs etc and seeing their picture in the local papers. And the amount of time and expense to host an event puts a lot of strain and financial resources on students, parents and teachers. I say do away with them. Maybe for opening of new schools or classroom extensions etc. But not sports, annual prize giving, teachers day and what nots.

  47. What can one expect from the minister when he sends his daughter to study in Australia after completing her SPM. Goes to show that even he does not have the confidence in the standard of our education. Alas, one must not forget that the so-called senior official is still a salaried worker of the federal government. If he has any form of intelligence, he would have been in the private sector.

  48. This was exactly happened in Terengganu when PAS took over in 1999. All school heads were reminded not to invite anyone from the PAS-led government to attend any function at schools. They were also reminded not to seek any donation from the state government and to reject it if being offered.Meaning that, they don’t want anything to do with the non-BN led government, to act as if the government of the day doesn’t exist and function at all.

    This is democracy,… BN style.

  49. I am ashame of such Education officers. Are they really educationists? If they are , they should teach the students to respect the government ofthe day. Instead they are teaching them to do the opposite.
    Given the substandard qualification of these so called educatioinsts, I am not surprise to hear such stupid act of them.
    Only Godcanhelp Malaysia

  50. How much lower can the BN and their lackeys go?
    But then again, the Education Ministry (and indeed every other
    Ministry in the BN Govt are filled with hordes of self serving
    and self – elevated pompous Napoleons, Julius Ceasars…. Can’t help looking forward to the day and I am very certain it won’t be a long wait) when the BN will be thrown out. That would be the time when the Barisan Rakyat can do a complete overhaul of the entire government apparatus and hopefully boot out all the dead wood, ball carriers and toe kissers. Pak Lah and BN, your day of judgement is nigh.

  51. krismudin still playing is racial tone or our pm quitely behind krismudin supporting him (i read today pm have taken the points given by us with big thanks,but i think he keep on be the little and big napoleon).what will happen to malaysia will be brain drain or brain dead for our next generation.what future this country hold for our next generation?thanks.raj raman.race;malaysian;religion as you knows by now mr.anil.

  52. The directive certainly comes from some UMNO hack in the Ministry of Education. Still smarting from its defeat in Penang, the UMNO/BN is behaving most childishly and with spite!

  53. Well,I don’t think Guan Eng really mind for not be able to attend the function.However,what our education ministry is doing is definitely wrong as this is basic courtesy of a man.BN doesn’t need our support anyway,lets forget about them.

  54. Let the small minded officals get their day in the sun. But lets make sure the safety and standards of our schools in Penang improve and surpass the BN led states.

  55. So politics and the schools does mix because there is a silver lining between them? How sad it is to drop the status of school sports into deeper s*** with this decision.

  56. Its frightening to think that the schools are manned by small-minded people like these education directors.

    No wonder the standards are sliding…hanya ada masa untuk main politik sahaja.


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