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Michael Tiang accused the Ministry of Education of double standard in disallowing State ministers and ADUNs from attending events in schools

The MOE is being ridiculous and discriminating when giving directives to bar Sarawak’s state ministers and GPS ADUNs from attending any school events held in our own state – Sarawak!

Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Michael Tiang said MOE applied a double standard in only permitting the PH ministers and people representatives to attend events held in Sarawak schools.

He said this shows that both Dr. Maszlee Malik, the Minister for education and his deputy, Teo Nie Ching have no regards or whatsoever for Sarawak’s autonomy in education as well as the Sarawakians’ sentiments.  The MOE is reminded that Sarawak Government has been actively contributing state fundings to all schools within the state, especially the Chinese aided primary schools, although public schools are within Federal’s jurisdiction and are therefore under its care. Being a responsible State government, it is only right for the state ministers and ADUNs to be allowed to visit schools in Sarawak in order to understand their needs and challenges.

He added that by barring the State ministers and ADUNs from schools in Sarawak, the PH government is not only discriminating the state government, it is also isolating Sarawak schools from its own state government for assistance.

Stating that the MOE’s latest directive is purely a political decision made at the expense of the schools’ welfare and interests, Tiang said when it comes to dilapidated schools in Sarawak, the response to assist is also slow.

“It’s a shame indeed that MOE seems to be more interested in political play than discharging its ministerial duties for the benefits of the people in Sarawak,” he added.

Penghulu Kiu, the President of the Federation of Boards of Management for Aided Chinese Primary Schools Sarawak that the Federation who was informed by the Director of education department Sarawak that starting from next year the state ministers and opposition people representatives will not be allowed to attend any school events in Sarawak, except the federal ministers and PH people representatives.

Michael Tiang

Michael Tiang

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