Teachers get okay on traditional costumes

Wednesday July 18, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/18/nation/11683755&sec=nation

By SARBAN SINGH
sarbans@thestar.com.my

TAMPIN: School teachers can now go to school dressed in traditional costumes belonging to ethnicities other than their own.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said there was nothing wrong if a Chinese teacher wished to wear a saree to school or an Indian teacher the cheongsam, but it should be worn appropriately.

“We have no objection or restriction over this but teachers must dress up properly as they are supposed to be their students’ role models,” he said after meeting representatives of NGOs and other bodies at SM Taman Indah near here.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, was commenting on appeals from teachers asking that the 1985 directive, that prohibited them from wearing the traditional costumes of other races to work, be rescinded.

On Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s statement that the state government planned to take over the operations of water concessionaire Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas), Muhyiddin said:

“The agreement between Syabas and the state government does not allow Selangor to make a unilateral decision on the matter.

“The state government must have a basis and show its plans to resolve the water problem in the state which has reached a critical stage,” he said.