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PUBLISHED: Aug 20, 2014 6:45pm

Ustazah asked to make open apology for racial remark

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SANDRA SOKIAL By:
Sandra Sokial

A screen grab of Nor Mastura’s posting on Facebook that has gone viral on social networks.

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KOTA KINABALU, Aug 20, 2014:

The Sabah Government Teachers Union wants one Nor Mastura to make an open apology for her racial remarks and belittling Sabahan educators in her Facebook posting.

Nor Mastura was also given a deadline of one week to make the apology.

The request was made through a letter signed by SGTU Tenom branch chairman, Jalal Maarof, yesterday, for Nor Mastura, who is apparently an ustazah (Islamic religious teacher) at Sekolah Kebangsaan Baru Jumpa in Tenom.

In the letter, Jalal explained that they strongly objected to the comments made by Nor Mastura which he described had belittled the capabilities and abilities of the Sabahans.

“I believe such comments are disturbing and could affect the unity and national integration among the local teachers as well as their counterparts in the Peninsula and Sarawak.

“I believe if there is any dissatisfaction, there is a way to express it and not on social networks, such as Facebook.

“As such, the union would like the said teacher to officially make an open apology in within seven days.

“In addition, she must retract all racial comments made in the social network as soon as possible,” he said.

In her posting, Nor Mastura wrote: “Klu jbtn Pendidikan sabah x trima guru dr smnjung… Hermmmm Lu fikir la sdri apa akn jd ngn Pendidikan ngeri sabah… Lainlah klu rkyatnya bijak pndai smua n layak jd guru. Fikir lah pnjang skit sblm post apa2”

(If the Sabah Education Department does not accept teachers from the West… You think for yourself what will happen to the education in Sabah… Unless its people are super smart and qualified to be teachers. Think it over before posting anything).

It is, however, unknown what Nor Mastura was responding to, but the letter from the union has gone viral  on WhatsApp.

Meanwhile, Sabah Education Department director Datuk Jame Alip said they are investigating the matter.

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