Sabah leaders have reservations about teachers in politics

23/1/2022 10:12:00 AM

Sabah leaders have reservations about teachers in politics

Leaders, Sabah

Sabah leaders have reservations about teachers in politics

KOTA KINABALU: Leaders in Sabah have reservations about the decision to allow teachers to get involved in politics.

“You must stay professional. For example, teachers are not supposed to impose their own political ideologies on students,” he said.He said this when met at the Sunday Market in Gaya Street during a Chinese New Year walkabout programme, which also saw other leaders from Parti Warisan Sabah and Sabah DAP having similar rounds.

On Saturday (Jan 22), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said all schoolteachers under the Education Ministry nationwide are allowed to get involved in politics with immediate effect.He said the permission was also extended to the staff of the Community Development Department (Kemas).

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“You must stay professional. For example, teachers are not supposed to impose their own political ideologies on students,” he said. He said this when met at the Sunday Market in Gaya Street during a Chinese New Year walkabout programme, which also saw other leaders from Parti Warisan Sabah and Sabah DAP having similar rounds. “DAP Sabah State Committee has held an emergency meeting yesterday night to discuss the latest political developments in Sabah. On Saturday (Jan 22), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said all schoolteachers under the Education Ministry nationwide are allowed to get involved in politics with immediate effect. He said the permission was also extended to the staff of the Community Development Department (Kemas).

However, Ismail Sabri explained that teachers and Kemas staff are still subject to the rules of their respective departments. At the same time, we must unite all grassroot members to overcome these difficult moments. “For example, while dabbling in politics, teachers should not neglect their duties. Otherwise, disciplinary action can be taken and so on. It is up to the department (to make an assessment),” he said. The surprise results led to allegations of factionalism involving current state chairman Datuk Frankie Poon and a veteran party leader, Jimmy Wong, was first to quit shortly after. On the decision, Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said teachers have the right to vote and have their own political thinking like other Malaysians “But teachers should put their focus on educating children, teaching them knowledge and skills,” he said.

He said teachers were the bridge of education for children and if they were too busy with politics or use the time to influence children with their own ideologies, then it doesn’t seem right. Shafie felt that too much politicking was not good for the nation because there is much to be done and time spent governing the country well. Phoong said that they were sincerely disappointed with the departure of the three but that DAP would continue to serve the people of Sri Tanjong and Elopura. Sabah DAP’s Chan Foong Hin said this was an issue worth pondering upon. He said he has reservations about the decision but at the same time agrees that a person has the right to have their own political thoughts. “Civil servants are supposed to be politically impartial so I have my reservations,” Chan said, adding the PM should also explain his justifications for the decision. The Lasimbang family is largely seen as prominent grass root leaders who gave the Peninsula-based party some local presence outside of the major urban areas.

Asked whether this decision has anything to do with the Undi18 issue, he said teachers do not necessarily play the sole influence on the minds of students because due to the current political and society scenario, anyone can get their information via social media, their peers and parents. Article type: metered .