Thursday, April 10, 2014

BN unable to differentiate between politics and governance

Ng Kee Seng
Executive Editor
COMMENT:It is no wonder the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) government lost the confidence of the majority of Malaysians in the last general election.

After ruling the country since Merdeka in 1957 or for more than five decades, BN is seriously deficient and incompetent.

It fears losing political power and is unable to think and behave rationally. It cannot differentiate between politics and governance.

Buoyed by supreme arrogance and supported by a gravely subservient civil service, BN is now administering unprofessionally.

The BN politicians think they own the country and everything else, that they are the masters, not the rakyat. The civil servants behave and think like BN politicians, when they should be apolitical.

Why then do we call them civil servants? They are not servants to the politicians but the rakyat.

Likewise, politicians should serve the rakyat and country, what else but Demi Rakyat Dan Negara. Not for their selfish political agenda all the time.

This brings Malaysians to the issue of transfers of teachers in Kelantan, allegedly due to political affiliation to PAS.

PAS central committee member Datuk Husam Musa’s wife is one of the teachers affected by the transfer order due to her close ties with the party.

Husam’s wife is among 88 teachers who are being transferred out of their schools in Bachok, Kelantan, due to their political affiliations, Pakatan Rakyat said on April 8.

Bachok MP Ahmad Marzuki Shaary said the transfer order, effective April 16, was issued by the Bachok District Education office.

“The memorandum received by Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) has exposed the abuse of power by the district education office which used very irrelevant excuses, such as being PAS supporters, to hand out the transfer letters," he told reporters in Parliament lobby.

“This classified document also reveals that there were suggestions by an Umno branch head on transfer orders which proves that there is political meddling in the education system,” the Malaysian Insider reported.

SAMM’s memorandum also showed that some of the excuses given to teachers for their transfer were flying the opposition’s flag, helping PAS in election campaigns, being married to strong PAS supporters and others.

Ahmad Marzuki said 10 teachers from his Bachok constituency were transferred out based on political reasons last September.

“I raised the issue of the 10 teachers in Parliament last year but Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said no such thing happened.

“But we have this valid document with data from the district education office which has the names of many other teachers on the transfer list and the reasons stated,” he said.

It is shocking that some of the transfers were based on reports given by Umno branch heads for political reasons.

Earlier, SAMM's Badrul Hisham Shaharin handed the memo on the transfers to Pakatan Rakyat.

Badrul, who is leader of the youth movement, said the memo would also be delivered to Barisan Nasional MPs through the prime minister's office in Parliament.

Sim Tze Tzin (PKR-Bayan Baru) said the transfer list was a shocking revelation and was proof that Putrajaya was playing the political game to the point of targeting innocent teachers in primary schools.

“The education minister must explain why teachers were transferred for their political affiliation as this goes against the principle of the Education Blueprint, which sought to be inclusive and to raise the professionalism of teachers,” he said.

Idris Ahmad (PAS-Bukit Gantang) also criticised the transfers, adding that after Putrajaya had spent millions to get professional input from consulting firm McKinsey and Co on the National Education Blueprint, it was now behaving unprofessionally.

“Do they realise that the standard of education is being compromised when capable teachers are removed for political reasons? Do they realise that innocent school children become victims in this game?”

Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) said what was even more shocking was that some of the transfers were based on reports given by Umno branch heads for political reasons.

“While there are a few who are on the transfer list because they requested for it or because of disciplinary reasons, 90 per cent are on the list because of political reasons,” he said.

In the 13th general election, BN won a mere 47.38 per cent of the popular vote and Pakatan won 50.87% of the popular vote. It was the BN federal government’s first loss of the popular vote in electoral history.

~ The Ant Daily

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