KOTA KINABALU, Jan 29, 2015:
Only 10% of newly-graduated Sabah teachers are returning home to serve the state.
Former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said this could be taken as disrespect by the federal government of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
“The revelation by Education Department Datuk Jame Alip that only 64 out of the 598 new teachers arriving in Sabah this month are Sabahans shows that the Education Ministry has thrown the Malaysia Agreement 1963 into the dustbin,” he said in a statement.
The Sabah Progressive Party president said the Malaysia Agreement was explicit in stipulating that the Borneonisation of the civil service was a binding obligation on the Malaysian government.
Yong lamented that the government was speeding up the complete “Malaysianisation” of the civil service in Sabah, especially in education and religion for “whatever hidden agenda”.
He was also unhappy with the posting of more religious teachers to Chinese and mission schools in Sabah.
“The proper places for this large number of religious teachers is at religious schools and not normal schools.”
He said the latest posting of a large numbers of religious teachers to non-religious schools gave rise to legitimate concern of a hidden religious and political agenda.