17 January, 2011
As the Chinese Saying goes, "Eyes wide open to talk blindly", Johor Education Department director Markom Giran, who has been caught on video allegedly campaigning for the BN in Tenang, has denied the accusation.
He said he was merely identifying the political tendencies of teachers to ensure that they “support the government's policies”.
"I did not campaign. I was speaking to my subordinates. It is our right to identify which (political parties) our teachers are supporting," said Markom when contacted today.
"If they are found to be against the government, we will call them up and send them for courses to let them understand that a government servant should not be against government policy."
He explained that a government servant is an executor of government policy and hence they should follow whatever policy is made by the government of the day.
"We are hired (makan gaji) by the government. So we should not go against the government. Whatever the policy is, we just follow."
Meanwhile, PAS deputy Johor commissioner Dzulkefly Ahmad was reported as saying that “We see this as a clear evidence of government officers and machinery being used to help the BN garner support in a way that violates civil service neutrality in politics,” he added.
Dzulkefly said if senior civil servants want to take part in politics, they must first resign from their posts in the service before entering the political fray,” he asserted.