Reminder not to support opposition was ‘fatherly advice’, says Mahdzir’s press team

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Mahdzir Khalid

Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid was ‘only advising you not to make statements that could negatively affect your future’. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 20, 2018.

EDUCATION Minister Mahdzir Khalid was giving “fatherly advice” when he reminded teachers and education officers not to support the opposition, the minister’s press team said on Twitter.

“What he said was like the advice that a father would give his children and not as the media have made it out to be in news that have gone viral,” the Education Ministry’s Media and Communications Office posted on Twitter late last night.

“He advises everyone, especially the civil servants, to be wise when making decisions and when issuing statements against the government, because they serve the government for the sake of the people.

“The statements you make can undermine your (civil servants) position in the public sector. Hence, he was only advising you not to make statements that could negatively affect your future. Thank you.”

The tweets were accompanied by a report of Mahdzir being quoted by Chinese daily Kwong Wah telling teachers that disciplinary action would be taken against them if they backed the opposition.

He said civil servants, including education department officers and teachers, were barred from joining any opposition party or criticising the government as these were tantamount to sabotaging the government and tarnishing its image.

Mahdzir, who was delivering the ministry’s new year message at an event in Putrajaya, was quoted telling teachers who were guilty of such acts to resign before the ministry asked them to do so.

It was all right, however, if the teachers were to join any of the ruling political parties, he said.

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Gap between rich, middle-income earners set to widen further

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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PETALING JAYA: The gap between the rich and middle-income earners is set to further widen in Malaysia as the business environment continues to favour those with money and high skills, according to an economist.

Sunway University economics Professor Yeah Kim Leng said these two elements were the main contributing factors to the income gap and inequality.

“Our economy favours those with capital and high skills. Even though there are a lot of jobs in the service and manufacturing industries, those holding mid and low-level jobs have not seen much increase in their wages.

“Prices of food seem to be increasing faster than their salaries,” he told FMT.

He said this was not the case for those with money as they had the capital to invest in stock markets and take part in other forms of investment.

“The rich are also getting richer because of the low-interest rates, allowing them a tremendous increase in liquidity. This has injected higher capacity of cash benefiting the rich,” he explained.

Due to this, he said, the rich would continue to spend money on acquiring luxury cars and high-end properties.

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To fight crime, let’s have a national CCTV policy

Source: The Star Online

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SUBANG JAYA: The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has proposed that the Government establish a national policy on closed-circuit television (CCTV).

Its vice-chairman Datuk Seri Ayub Yaakob said the proposal was made during the one-day Selangor MCPF townhall discussion on effective strategies in prevention of crime and drug abuse here Saturday.

“We have seen billions of ringgit being spent and CCTVs installed everywhere, but none of them followed any regulation or policy to assist in crime prevention and criminal investigations.

“Therefore, we urge the Government to formulate a policy as a means of regulating CCTVs as has been implemented in developed countries such as Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom,” he told a press conference after the discussion.

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Asyraf: Don’t make viral videos of cross-dressers

Source: The Star

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KOTA BARU: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (pic) has urged the public not to make viral videos which are of no value or benefit, including those involving cross-dressers.

Asyraf Wajdi said such videos did not benefit the community or help build a good mindset and sense of identity.

“There are many more important things, and for me, the media should not sensationalise things that are not beneficial to the people,” he said.

Asyraf Wajdi said that he does not want to comment on things that don’t bring meaning to the development of the ‘ummah’ (Muslim community) and the country.

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