Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom – School Racism is Bad ‘Cos it Embarasses Govt, M’Kay

From The Star 6 Sep 2010:

Ministry warns of action over racist remarks in schools

PETALING JAYA: Principals and teachers in government schools have been directed to be careful with their words and not utter racist remarks.

In a recent circular, the Education Ministry warned principals and teachers that action would be taken against those who made such remarks.

In the circular dated Aug 26, ministry director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said he viewed seriously the allegations against a small group of people for making racist remarks in school.

“They are insensitive to the Government’s efforts to make schools the place to cultivate the 1Malaysia spirit,” he said.

“If investigations show that principals or teaching staff are guilty of racism, the ministry will take serious action against them.”

Alimuddin said schools were the place to strengthen racial unity and teaching staff must be polite and careful when carrying out their duties.

“They must always be sensitive to the wishes of the Government to promote unity, which is in line with the 1Malaysia concept,” he said.

Recently, two principals from Johor and Kedah had allegedly uttered racist remarks to students at their schools.

On Aug 12, a school principal from Kulaijaya, Johor, allegedly used racist remarks against non-Malay students during the launch of the school’s Merdeka celebrations on Aug 12.

The principal allegedly described non-Malays as penumpang (passengers) during her speech at the start of the celebrations.

In another incident, a principal in Sungai Petani allegedly scolded 10 Form Three students for eating outside the school canteen before morning classes began as the lights in the canteen were switched off.

The principal had purportedly told them off for “not respecting” their Muslim friends and that they “should return to their country of origin if they did not show respect.”

Wait wait wait…

The main gripe here is that racist government employees are insensitive to the Government’s wishes and plans???

Not, say, insensitive to defenceless school students exposed to rabid spittle-spewing racism?

Explains why this is happening though!

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