BERA (BERNAMA) – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob hopes a win-win situation can be achieved on the issue involving teacher Mohd Fadli Mohamed Salleh with the Ministry of Education (MoE), which went viral on Facebook on Saturday.
He said he was informed about the incident yesterday, and had later contacted Education Director-General Datuk Pkhairuddin Ghazali to get an explanation on the matter.
According to Ismail Sabri, the ministry’s disciplinary committee will also hold a meeting today to be chaired by MoE’s Secretary-General Datuk Yusran Shah Mohd Yusof.
“Show cause letters are common in government departments, but I hope a positive decision can be reached at tomorrow’s meeting. Insya Allah, what was depicted in the letter or on social media such as being fired, demoted and so on will not happen.
“The ministry cannot let staff who make comments (on social media) go scot-free, but at the same time, too harsh a punishment for officers and staff is also inappropriate, while officers and staff also need to respect the ministry,” he told reporters after attending the ‘Moh Ngeteh’ programme with the Indian community in the Bera parliamentary constituency at the Bera UMNO Complex Hall yesterday.
Ismail Sabri said he also believed that in order to maintain its integrity, the MoE should listen to the views of not only teachers, but also the community, and based on the reaction received after the issue went viral, many had given negative feedback.
On Saturday, Mohd Fadli, a Mathematics teacher at a primary school in Gombak, claimed on his Facebook page that he would be fired or demoted for voicing his views on the learning syllabus which he felt was of too high a level and inappropriate for students.
He also claimed that the number of students in the class was too many, while having too many subjects and the issue of students having to carry heavy bags was harmful to them.
Yesteday, Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin in a Facebook post expressed his willingness to meet the teacher. Mohd Fadli also stated on his social media account that he would meet Radzi.