Allow opposition MPs to visit schools, education ministry told – Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh has demanded that education minister Radzi Jidin allow opposition MPs to visit public schools for site visits and official events, especially in light of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the government and Pakatan Harapan (PH).
She pointed out that with the signing of the MoU on political transformation and stability, all PH MPs had received allocations for their constituencies, including grants for schools if programmes, repair work, upgrades or new infrastructure were required.
“The question is, how do I ensure that the upgrade or construction work is completed properly and according to the set standards if I am not even allowed to enter the school,” she said in a statement.
“I am the legitimate MP voted by my constituents and I am accountable for explaining to the public how allocations for my constituency are being spent.”
She claimed that this barring “clearly showed” that there was no coordination between the Cabinet and government agencies.
“Allocations are approved by the implementation coordination unit in the Prime Minister’s Department but the education ministry bars MPs from opposition parties from entering schools for site visits or to attend official school functions within their own constituencies,” she said.
Yeoh claimed that while the Barisan Nasional representatives in her district were allowed to freely go in and out of the school, she had to wait outside the school gate.
“It saddened me to see school headmasters and principals terrified when they saw me standing at the school gate to inspect the work progress.
“With the existence of the MoU between the federal government and Pakatan Harapan, this outdated prohibition shouldn’t be enforced as it’s unfair and doesn’t make sense,” she said.
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