Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The Keris Cuts Both Ways
"Report to me", says Hisham. Wah damn terror right? Education minister, Hishamuddin Tun Hussein said that he would personally look into complaints by parents of students who'd been asked by their schools to provide salary slips and other information pertaining to personal incomes. This despite the fact that these parents had not asked for nor intended to ask for any form of assitance from the ministry. The rationale for asking for salary figures the minister pointed out, was to ensure that the assistance provided reached those who really needed it. Very good, Yang Berhormat. Thank you.
And now will you please take that shoe and keris out of your mouth before you say anything else?
The borang (form) from the Education ministry which every student in Standard One has to fill out has this clause:
(iii) Ibu bapa/penjaga hendaklah menyertakan sesalinan Penyata Gaji/Borang J atau bagi mereka yang tiada Penyata Gaji, sertakan Pengakuan Pendapatan. Salinan Penyata Gaji atau Pengakuan Pendapatan hendaklah disahkan oleh pegawai kerajaan dari kumpulan A (Kumpulan Pengurusan dan Professional), Jaksa Pendamai, Fesuruhjaya Sumpah, Penghulu, Ketua Kampung, Pengerusi JKK Kampung atau Penyelia Pembangunan Mukim.
There are no pre-conditions for filling this form. All pupils have to get it done. So now parents like myself are in a dilemma. The minister says one thing. The form says another. And the headmistress of my daughter's school is insistant that my Standard One student daughter pass up her borang by January 31.
So Mr. Education minister, how now? Maybe you should get some education before putting your foot in it again. Tsk tsk tsk...what would your dear father say if he could look down at you from the big Mosque in the sky. Sigh.