Loyalty to King and country – or to BN?

By P Ramakrishnan

All citizens owe their loyalty to king and country – that includes civil servants. Civil servants are expected to serve the government of the day faithfully, irrespective of whichever party that forms the government.

They shouldn’t align themselves to any political party whether it is the ruling parties or the opposition parties. They should remain above politics and stay faithful to their vocation.

Their dedication should be to their profession and their commitment to serve and discharge their duties should not be wanting in any way.

This is how they preserve their integrity and safeguard their professionalism.

However this simple thing was not understood by the Johor State Director of Education, Markom Giran. He despicably attempted to force teachers to play a partisan political role. He was trying to corrupt the civil service.

He forgets that he is a civil servant himself. He forgets his code to serve in an exemplary manner. He forgets that he should remain above politics. He forgets that his duty is to education and his responsibility is to raise the standard of education.

Being an officer under category TG54, he is strictly barred from participating in politics. As such, he has no business to canvass for the Barisan Nasional and to abuse his position by directing his subordinates to campaign for the BN. There are no two ways about it. He was absolutely wrong in what he did.

This so-called educator forgot his role and wanted the teachers to surreptitiously find out the political leanings of the parents. He wanted them to do this under the pretext of organising motivational programmes for the students and to spy for the Barisan Nasional. He wanted them to identify those parents who are opposition inclined and report to him those who are sitting on the fence so that together they – the teachers and he – could work on these parents “to help the government to win in this round”.

Is this the job of teachers? Are they expected to be the stooges of the BN first and foremost – and only after that perform as teachers?

Asking the teachers to do his bidding like this – when it has nothing to do with their duties or performance as teachers – using his authority solely as their superior officer is committing corruption. It is crystal clear!

If Anwar Ibrahim had done this, he would have been charged with corruption – without any doubt, as he was a dozen years ago!

P Ramakrishnan is president of Aliran

  1. #1 by k1980 on Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - 11:38 am

    Loyalty to jibbi the hutt

  2. #2 by tak tahan on Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - 12:07 pm

    BN is the king and it owns bolehland.It is the most aggressive oppressor party on earth.

  3. #3 by wanderer on Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - 12:31 pm

    How to be loyal to the King when the Agong and sultans are loyal to BN!…funny world.

    • #4 by cemerlang on Thursday, 3 February 2011 - 12:55 am

      Would they know if their subjects are loyal ? Would they care if their subjects are loyal or not ? They could not be bothered because with all that they have, who are you a mere citizen that they should care about ? But you the citizens on the other hand care too much about them. If they walk pass you, will they stop and ask how are you. 100% not. Once in a blue moon, they do that in action only.

  4. #5 by wanderer on Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - 12:39 pm

    LOYALTY has become a merchandise of late in Bolehland, if the price is right, anyting is possible …funny world is’nt it?…principle and integrity disappeard in the thin air!!

  5. #6 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - 2:36 pm

    A civil service being politically neutral/impartial is a British convention and a western concept based on a secular political society.

    Do we seriously expect our civil servants to imbibe such values and good practices? Do they study public managment/administration from western universities?

    Many are likely from the Middle East. Egypt alone has 11,300 Malaysian students there to be evacuated by the government. How many in Saudi Arabia or Iran? Many of them are the future civil servants.

    The Civil service also treated as an extension of the NEP to provide safe refuge where private sector is too demanding. We have the highest proportion of civil servants (overwhelming majority of one race) per capita in the region. Naturally they would owe allegiance to UMNO that upholds the NEP. Wouldn’t you do this if you were them?

  6. #7 by lee wee tak_ on Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - 2:51 pm

    people familiar with his lifestyle should assess whether there is a case for IRB to investigate this chap.

    understand there is a reward if one discover another harbour undeclared income and commit tax evasion

  7. #8 by monsterball on Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - 6:52 pm

    It seems UMNO B may govern Malaysia forever?
    So it maybe…since race and religion politics by UMNO B is proven to be working for them.after 55 years.
    Let it be. Let it be…and lets see Malaysia advanced in South East Asia or become the last in advancement…that may pleases some…for proven weird and incorrigible..living in a fool’s dream world.
    Malaysia is a funny country…due to the fact that weird Malaysians are still plentiful…happy to be like so ..cultivated and nourished by UMNO B.
    Dictatorship still flourished in Malaysia…although Tunesia and Egypt…two great Muslim countries in Middle East… have rejected that for the past two weeks..first time in the history of Muslim countries in mighty dictatorship countries in Middle East…and kampong Muslims in Malaysia are still sleeping enjoying the many gifts they get for easy life.
    How will the children be?
    I guess…easy and carefree lifestyle too…. and that’s UMNO B style of nation building.

  8. #9 by tak tahan on Wednesday, 2 February 2011 - 11:08 pm

    Ai yo..i better be very very loyal to our highness.Help!i am very scared.


  9. #10 by Loh on Thursday, 3 February 2011 - 12:22 am

    Mamakthir said that Malaya is Tanah Melayu and that non-Malays should accept the language and culture of the dominant community. He intended that statement to cause confusion as if Malaysians do not accept Malay as the national language, or that non-Malays do not agree that Malays continue pratising Malays’ culture, just like others are free to practise their own. The question of Malaysians practising the culture they were born with had never been an issue, and that is taken for granted as their human right. Mamakthir is insinuating that non-Malays should adopt Malay culture and be called a Malay without the status of the bumiputra. Why should the question of non-Malay adopting Malay culture like he pretended to be Malay become an issue now? Is it because Mamakthir had traded his Kerela root for Malay and now having acquired all the benefits regrets that he had been deprived of his ancestry and thus wanted other non-Malays to suffer the same indignity without the benefit. He claimed he is not racist because he could not fight for his Kerela race, but to continue to talk about Malay right as an opportunist. It pains him for not being a true racist after having sold his root. As a sadist who thinks not of the well being of the country which offered him the opportunity to rob, he wants this country to go to hell as he knows his time going there is near.

  10. #11 by tak tahan on Thursday, 3 February 2011 - 3:18 pm

    Hopefully his heart will throb and spewed out his last venom in his home before he step out again to see the sun shine.

  11. #12 by tak tahan on Thursday, 3 February 2011 - 11:54 pm

    My dad used to tell me about what an evil guy this serpent is but i did not give much thought about i until l found out myself through internet.Now it seems i know this serpent more than my dad knowing him.He is really a big criminal.

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