KUCHING: Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong will meet his federal counterpart Dr Maszlee Malik next week to discuss a federal government directive that purportedly bars Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) members from speaking at schools’ events or programmes. 

Manyin said recently he wrote a letter requesting to meet Maszlee on either Dec 10 or 11 regarding the circular which he to be reviewed further. 

“The minister is now in Japan, so hopefully I will be able to meet him that day. Looking at what we have discussed in the past and that we are working together I am quite optimistic. We hope that they can review the circular and make it more flexible,” he said yesterday. 

He said it was not fair to disallow GPS members to speak at schools in the state. 

Manyin hopes for a good outcome from his meeting with Maszlee regarding a federal government’s directive barring GPS members from speaking in schools in the state. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

“All MPs and state legislators usually give part of their Minor Rural Project (MRP) funds to the schools because they often need the cash. We don’t go to the schools to talk politics. If we do that, it would backfire on us,” he said. 

He then said if the schools weren’t given the MRP funds, it would be difficult for them to carry out certain activities. 

During the recent State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting, Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep said he received a WhatsApp message from the Education Department telling him not to visit the schools in his constituency. 

Manyin therefore said he would seek clarification from Maszlee on the matter. 

However, on Nov 18, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching, during a question and answer session in Parliament, said there was no policy of preventing elected opposition representatives from attending programmes organised by schools.