Graduate teachers can now go into politics

KUALA LUMPUR: Beginning Aug 1, graduate education service officers (teachers) on grades DG41 to DG48 will be permitted to engage in politics, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan announced yesterday.

He said the move was based on the fact that teachers, at one time, played an important role as community leaders in the country’s political landscape.

“The time has come for them to be active again in politics.”

For this purpose, he said, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin had consented to an amendment to Regulation 21 of the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993. Action was being taken to gazette the amendment to the regulation, he added.

Regulation 21(2) now states that only officers in the support group can contest or hold any position or be appointed to any post in any political party, on the condition that they obtain prior written approval from the director-general of the Public Service Department or the secretary-general of the relevant ministry.

Under the amendment, education officers, other than principals or headmasters and officers holding any administrative post in any government agency, have to obtain prior written approval from the secretary-general of the Education Ministry.

“The secretary-general of the Education Ministry cannot delegate his authority to give the written approval to anyone, and any decision of the secretary-general of the Education Ministry is final,” said Sidek.

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