Media conference statement by Lim Kit Siang in Sandakan on Sunday, 3rd July 2011 at 9am:
Muhyiddin should fully devolve Education Ministry powers to Sabah State Department
The Sabah Speaker, Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said has called for the Sabah State Education Department to be given more power and autonomy.
Salleh said many school buildings in the State are in need of repair and educational projects are not carried out systematically due to having to refer simple matters to Putrajaya jeopardising the Government’s efforts in developing education in Sabah.
The Sabah State Assembly Speaker has received the support of the Sabah State Education Director Datuk Dr. Muhiddin Yusin who has joined in the call for the state education department to be given greater empowerment on decision-making and the implementation of development projects, especially maintenance, training and recruitment of teachers.
In the Daily Express today, Muhiddin said:
“Allow us to manage our own allocations based on the concept: ‘Let managers manage’ and so on.
“Currently the department is not empowered to manage any allocation for development even if it is for projects costing below RM500,000.”
This despite Treasury regulations for more than 10 years which state that the department can decide on projects worth below RM500,000.
I call on the Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to reduce politicking inside and outside the country, as he is heading to become the worst Education Minister in the nation’s history.
Muhyiddin should fully devolve Education Ministry powers to Sabah State Education Department in the interests of autonomy and efficiency to better promote educational interests of Sabahans.
At present, the Sabah education scene is very topsy-turvy. Who must bear responsibility – the Education Minister in Putrajaya or the State Education Director in Kota Kinabalu?
Some of weaknesses, anomalies and downright abuses of authority in the present topsy-turvy scenario of the Sabah education scene include:
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor