Malaysian teacher transferred to another school for anti-government Facebook post
ASIA / Malacca, Malaysia – A teacher has been transferred from a school 2 kilometres from her home, to one than is 27 kilometres. This, after she was given a warning for posting a poster of DAP’s Teluk Intan by-election candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud and other posts on Facebook. It is unclear what other posts were written by the teacher on Facebook.
The DAP (Democratic Action Party) is an opposition party in Malaysia.
Teachers are expected to be politically neutral in discharging their duties as educators, there was no mention of the teacher expressing political bias in the course of a duties as a public servant in a public school in Malacca. The teacher, has 16 years of experience in the education industry, according to the Malaysia Chronicle.
Warned by Education Department in June
The Malacca Education Department’s letter was issued to her after she was summoned to the Education Ministry in Putrajaya in June. High-ranking officials in the Education Ministry has called her since early June to “advise” her to remove her Facebook posts that they deem to be “anti-government”.
Her other postings, which were deemed anti-government, include a 1980’s news clipping quoting first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman calling for the abolition of UMNO.
Transfer letter anticipated
The teacher also claimed she received a series of calls and text messages, including some from a special officer to the Education Ministry director-general Khair Mohamad Yusof. The officer directed her to shut down her Facebook account and warned her she will be “watched”. “He said: ‘We will monitor from time to time’. “Can you understand what he is saying? That’s okay. I’ll just wait and see (what they do). For all I know, I’ll get a transfer letter next week,” she said in June, quoted by Malaysia Chronicle.
“There are teachers who are Umno division heads, who attend Umno annual general assembly as delegates, but that is fine?” she further asked.
She has received the letter she anticipated. “It is a mandatory transfer. I cannot appeal the decision,” she said in a text message to Malaysiakini. “I am transferred from a school that is nearby to one that is far. Don’t they care that I am a widow? This is seriously stupid,” the single parent said.
The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) disagree with the transfer, saying that Facebook is a “personal right” and off-duty teachers have the right to express their opinion, according to MalaysiaKini.