Teachers told not to be overzealous in showing support for opposition


KUALA TERENGGANU: The Education Ministry will not stop teachers from supporting any political party but they are reminded not to be overzealous in projecting themselves as opposition supporters.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said teachers need to respect their profession and are bound by rules and regulations as public servants.

“This is a democratic country and you can have a stand to support whoever you want but do not be overzealous when showing your support.

“For example, if you are a headmaster and at the same time a leader of an opposition party, it will not be proper if you went on stage to speak against the government. What will the parents and students say?

“You are in the government but at the same time you are not satisfied with the government and you show your dissatisfaction openly. That is not right. There must be a line between being a civil servant and as an opposition supporter,” he said after the ground breaking for Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Serada here, today.

Also present were State chairman for Education, Science, Technology and Government Transformation A. Latiff Awang and State Education director Shafruddin Ali Hussin.

On another matter, Mahdzir said the ministry has identified schools that would become polling centres in the 14th general election.

“The Election Commission has informed the Ministry and all state Education Departments about the schools that will be made polling centres.

“We have 10,200 schools nationwide and most will be made polling centres,” he added.

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