Keep politics out of civil service — Emmanuel Joseph

Source: The Malaysian Insight

BY EMMANUEL JOSEPH

RECENTLY, the Education Minister warned teachers and staff of the Education Ministry to stay out of “opposition” political activities. Strangely, later in the speech, the minister appeared to encourage the same audience to participate in ‘government’ party activites.

As lopsided as his comment seemed, the minister was not really suggesting something new, but merely putting on record, what appears to be the unwritten rule about political participation amongst civil servants; open support for the opposition is frowned upon, while open support for the Government is quite encouraged.

This policy, partially official but partially not, also sees schools, hospitals, mosques and other government-run facilities, shy away from hosting visits by opposition leaders, even if they are members of a state government that is run by the (Federal) opposition.

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Chief Secretary’s threat void, says ex-judge

Source: FMT News

Gopal Sri Ram defends the constitutional right of civil servants to attend peaceful rallies. Pic taken from FMT News.

Gopal Sri Ram defends the constitutional right of civil servants to attend peaceful rallies. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A retired judge has ticked off Chief Secretary Ali Hamsa for threatening civil servants with pay cuts or dismissal if they participate in tomorrow’s Bersih and Red Shirt rallies.

Speaking to FMT, former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram said Ali had made an “unconstitutional demand”.

He said public sector employees could exercise their constitutional rights provided it did not interfere with their professional duties.

“Participation in a rally is a right conferred under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution and any restriction is absolutely void,” he said. Read more