Monday, March 31, 2008

PTAs say non-BN elected reps should be allowed at school functions

S.Tamarai Chelvi
PETALING JAYA (March 30, 2008): Members of Parliament (MPs) and assemblymen from non-Barisan Nasional (BN) parties should be allowed to attend and officiate at school events, said National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council president Associate Professor Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan.

"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.

"They can be allowed because they are elected representatives of the people," Mohamad Ali said, adding that MPs should not be deprived to attend official school functions.

"MPs are peoples' representatives of constituencies and schools are a part of the system," said Mohamad Ali, who is also Transparency International Malaysia deputy president. "MPs are part and parcel of activities conducted in constituencies, including schools."

"What's wrong with MPs attending school functions. There should not be any 'double standards'."
Mohamad Ali: "We are waiting for the ministry to issue the guidelines. I am hoping the guidelines are issued soonest, to be fair to all."

Last week, acting Penang education director Ibrahim Mohamad told theSun schools in the five states controlled by non-BN parties have been verbally adviced to take a neutral stand in inviting executive councillors or assemblyman for official functions, for the time being.
He said the directive was issued by the department after being advised by the Education Ministry.

Deputy Penang Chief Minister II Prof Dr. P. Ramasamy said there were rumours schools were given verbal instructions not to invite state executive councillors for functions. He said he had asked State Secretary Datuk Jamaludin Hasan to investigate whether such a directive existed.
In Selangor, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has sent a letter to the state Education Department asking for a full explanation on the matter.

Today, it was reported that Education's Ministry director-general Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom was asked whether schools had been told not to invite or have dealings with politicians who were not from BN.

Alimuddin said an approval had to come from the state education director and the approval is subject to the discretion of the director, when asked if all politicians, including the Mentri Besar or Chief Ministers would no longer be allowed to officiate at school functions.

seals: Hmmm so the only clean politicians are the BN? Is this another game to make BN believe that they are still in power?

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