In the first incident, non-Muslim students were instructed to have their meals in a shower room, far away from Muslim students during Ramadan.
The reason the headmaster gave was that “the non-Muslim students would tease Muslim students by displaying the food”.
During my schooling years, I went through fasting months for 13 years. There was no such ugly ruling by the headmasters then. My Muslim friends would stay in classrooms or the library. Non-Muslim students did not misbehave in any way towards Muslim students then.
This was between 1953 and 1966. But, what was the action taken in the first case? A RM10,000 donation was handed to the headmaster who caused the furore and he remained in the post till he retired, after which he commenced to take legal action against the parent of the student concerned.
The parent transferred her child to a vernacular school. In many similar cases, “disciplinary actions taken according to the Civil Service General Orders” meant that the teacher would be transferred to another school, along with the transfer allowance, incentives and other perks as deemed fit.
A few months later, he would be promoted to headmaster or even posted overseas. I fail to see how asking children to drink their own urine can be “a joke”.
Only officers with a sick mind will crack such an idiotic joke to school children. Under normal circumstances, any civil servant found in breach of the General Orders will be given the transfer certificate.
Previously, the chief secretary to the government proudly announced that from 1999 to 2014, out of 1.4 million civil servants, only one member of staff was dismissed.
Last week, he said there were some 5,000 problematic staff, but happily added that these staff would be rehabilitated, counselled, re-trained and given talks to get them back on the right track.
But he never dared to say that any of them would be dismissed. In comparison, during my civil service days, hundreds of civil servants were given their marching orders.
This current indifference and selective implementation of the General Orders have created a container-full of “Little Napoleons” who believe they can get away with anything.
In this case then, the chief secretary to the government should be dismissed without pension for his poor performance.
Teachers are there to be an excellent and exemplary role model to the students, both in deeds and words. But the conduct of some teachers is the reverse. These teachers are not fit to teach our children. K. Ramamurthy Achari,Penang The NST Letters to the Editors 24 June 2015