Need for guideline on teaching and political work.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Khamsyiah Yeop said her 25 years of teaching experience had enabled her to adjust comfortably to her role as the Kemering assemblywoman in 1995.

“Teachers were well respected and seen as community leaders, especially in rural areas. People looked to us for advice, views and guidance.

“Political parties were also keen to recruit teachers as members,” said Khamsyiah, 66, who had, among others, served as a teacher in Sekolah Menengah Datuk Haji Hussein, Selama, and Sekolah Menengah Sultan Idris Shah, Grik, both rural areas.

Khamsiyah, who was the deputy entrepreneurship and cooperatives minister from 2004 to 2008, said Umno politics back then featured a lot of teachers who eventually quit their position to become full-time politicians.

She said teachers were then active in social and community activities and saw politics as a platform to further their cause.

Khamsyiah added that as teachers were dedicated to the teaching ethics, they brought those values with them when they became politicians.

by Sajahan Waheedand Shuhada Elis.

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