Hornbill Unleashed

January 4, 2011

2,000 S’wak teachers suddenly transferred: Election ploy?

Malaysia Chronicle

Amid accusations of a political ploy ahead of state elections due to be called anytime now, some 2,000 teachers in Sarawak were left fuming on news that they had suddenly been transferred just as school reopened today.

“We are shocked at such desperate action by the Taib Mahmud administration. It looks like despite all their talk that Sarawak will remain a BN fixed deposit, they are very afraid of the Pakatan Rakyat,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told reporters.

According to teachers in Miri, the directive from the Education Ministry will take effect immediately. As such, the transfers could create chaos in the classrooms. Many of those affected claimed they have to move from one end of the state to the other, and to the rural areas.

Not only was the transfer done at such a short notice, but many of the affected teachers specialised in important subjects such as English and Bahasa Malaysia. The affected schools were also unsure as to who would be filling the void because the heads were not given prior notice.

“This is the strangest part. Those who are transferred are mostly those from the urban or the areas where the BN is expected to lose because of the boiling-over of issues on corruption and mass pilferage. I guess they will be replaced by those from BN-stronghold areas. We are very disappointed that for political survival, Taib can just turn upside-down our children’s education,” Ignatius Chong, a PKR stalwart in Miri, told reporters.

The Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) had been inundated by calls from affected teachers and from others worried about what may happen next.

Meanwhile, according to the Star, STU president William Gani Bina said that the 38,000 teachers in the state were speaking up over this “messy affair” and the manner in which the ministry had conducted the exercise.

“They have families and have been serving in their present schools for a long time. They were not consulted over the transfers,” Gani said.

“The Education Ministry used the term ‘redeployment’ but these teachers were being relocated all over Sarawak.

“Sarawak is very big. If you transfer someone from Kuching to Limbang or to a school in the rural area, it is like transferring that person from one end of the peninsula to the other.

“Many schools are already facing a serious shortage of experienced teachers, especially in English. This transfer is very chaotic and will cause a lot of problems for the affected teachers, schools and students.”

Gani said he had urged Deputy Education director Datuk Norizan Hashim to look into the matter.

“I told Norizan that this was a very serious matter because of the unique geographical and logistical set-up of the state.

“The ministry cannot simply enforce a transfer of teachers en masse without taking into account the impact.”

Gani said STU wanted experienced and senior teachers to stay at their present postings.

It also asked for an assurance that Sarawakian teachers would not be transferred to other states, he stressed.

“If these teachers are not happy, they would not be able to teach well and their students would be affected. Worse if these affected teachers resigned,” he said.

Asked on Norizan’s response, Gani said the matter would be referred to the ministry’s highest authority.

There are some 38,000 teachers serving in 162 primary and 177 secondary schools in Sarawak.


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17 Comments »

  1. Thank you for the informations.

    Comment by francis.lao — January 5, 2011 @ 5:46 PM | Reply

  2. WHAT HAPPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE E AND F GRADE IN THEIR EXAMINATION?WHAT HAVE HAPPEN TO THE TEACHERS WHO TEACHING THEM?HOW DO THESE TEACHERS PERFORM?

    Comment by babai — January 5, 2011 @ 1:52 PM | Reply

  3. Not 2000 but 286 teachers as clarified by the Sarawak State Education Dept in today’s Borneo Post [4th Jan]

    They have no need to deploy teachers and civil servants because all their ballot papers are all coded by BN and if they are found to vote
    opposition, then they will be transfered to Ulu Kapit, Lawas & etc. Several civil servants in some government depts told me they had no choice but to vote BN because of the directives coming down from the theif minister.

    Comment by Vigilante — January 4, 2011 @ 11:32 AM | Reply

    • “…their ballot papers are all coded by BN”.What mean of this?Thought every votes should be secretly.

      Comment by babai — January 4, 2011 @ 12:03 PM | Reply

      • No way our vote are secret!! They know who we vote for….

        Comment by Headhunter8million — January 4, 2011 @ 12:56 PM | Reply

    • “…According to him, the staff reduction occurred primarily in schools with Sixth Form classes as well as classes with Form 4 and 5 offering commercial subjects such as Commerce, Basic Accounting and Economics, citing these as two areas where reduction would not upset the balance of teaching and learning in schools.

      Every school was given a quota of teachers at the beginning of each new term, where the quota is determined by the number of classes and the student population, he added. …” Post>

      Should those teachers teach good economics? Use capital wisely, balance books, don’t waste resources as there could be national deficits and losses?

      Comment by Spread Sheet — January 4, 2011 @ 4:53 PM | Reply

      • There are not wise…this is what we get! Bodoh!

        Comment by Headhunter12million — January 5, 2011 @ 1:08 PM | Reply

  4. And their actions are like “Taik Mammoth”… smell shit…. bodoh macam taik….

    Comment by tsunami unleash — January 4, 2011 @ 10:42 AM | Reply

  5. And we called “Education Dept”? Those up there are so uneducated. Mana sekolah punya? Stupid. Bodoh macam lembu. Their very action speak for itself. Their actions are stupidity at its lowest……

    to be cont…

    Comment by tsunami unleash — January 4, 2011 @ 10:41 AM | Reply

  6. Again let’s probe further to this and the many other happenings in our State. Let us not be attracted and gotten diverted our attentions toward this petty ill planting. This sudden crop up the ‘redeployment’ issue could be one of the many underlining factors, their hidden agenda, so may as to intimidate their loyalty, dispersing their apparent strong attractions toward the Opposition magnetic forces, and a banishment to those who uphold their truth based on a democratic way of living. We got to defend the rights for our people and State. Let not the move indirectly jetting in more Barats to deny the job choice of our colourful people in this Fair land Sarawak. Be watchful then of who the stars that are still behind the screen. Have we gotten the one of the 18s? Restore our Homeland Vote For Change.

    Comment by miaowkia — January 4, 2011 @ 9:12 AM | Reply

  7. Time for teachers’ uoion to say NO.

    Comment by smelly — January 4, 2011 @ 8:16 AM | Reply

    • Maybe the teachers do stnd up….but do you this Bina guy will stand up againts Taib…in his dream lah.. after a long day in the office, he be just like everyone else…go back home or meeting some friends somewhere and down few cans/crates of beer…. work till he’s retired and probably get medal from the gov’ner.

      What did he did in the case of “boy caning” recently?

      Comment by Headhunter12million — January 4, 2011 @ 1:06 PM | Reply

  8. It’s all engineered for the prefect storm to strike.
    “Divide and Conquer”…

    Comment by sam — January 4, 2011 @ 5:24 AM | Reply

  9. Stay putt….dont move…if all the affected teachers stay putt…what the education..dismissed you?

    Thsi is just an election plot…contrue by non other then the UMNO/BN…what you dont think PM and Thief CM discuss during their holiday meeting recenetly in the Middle East!

    Comment by Headhunter8million — January 4, 2011 @ 12:46 AM | Reply

    • Education Dept gone crazy?

      This is a good suggestion. Go on strike.

      Time for civil disobedience action. 38,000 teachers go on strike to defend their rights?

      Will we make sacrifices to change things?

      There have been plenty of exhortations on the web sites.

      We deserves to be kicked around a bit more and lose more national assets before we kick back.

      A nation of masochists! Hope that rouse up you guys! Get out of your slumbers!
      Don’t be pathetic!

      Show some guts and make Rentap feel proud for a change!

      Comment by Headhunter10million — January 4, 2011 @ 2:00 AM | Reply

      • Our education turn out submissive gutless wonders if we have teachers without guts to defend their rights?

        Comment by Headhunter18million — January 4, 2011 @ 2:04 AM | Reply

      • There are tonnes of gutless teachers out there….in addition to local puppets there sending in thousands of moron from the west to sarawak and sabah….

        Not a single local sarawakian or sabahan came out with the issue of the pre bumi of East malaysia been catagorised as MALAY! These teachers knew all along but they kept their mouth shut!

        They could have told someone… the worst thing it already in the system for the past 3 years and now the says they can not change it?

        As we all know catagorised and MALAY = MUSLIM = ISLAM! So how can our kids MUSLIM/ISLAM with parents of other faith?

        Comment by Headhunter12million — January 4, 2011 @ 1:15 PM | Reply


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