Update On The Power Outage

Candlelight dinners every night.
I've also become very good at Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess) & Dou Shou Qi (Jungle Chess).
Dear supporters of my school, thank you so much for sharing the call for help so fervently that it went viral on social media. Each & every one of you have demonstrated that Malaysians of all walks of life really do care. I am thankful to have so many angels out there looking out for my school & sharing our situation with the influential people they know. Now, there is both attention on our situation from the ground & from "above".

Thankfully, we have now got the full attention of the relevant authorities & they are working extra hard to swiftly materialise their promises to our school. Improvements are happening every day due to the combined efforts of people of all levels. With so much public interest, I am confident that the school will be up & running like it's supposed to be very very soon. If I am allowed to, I will write about the good work done at my school.

However, undesirables are also eyeing the school. I have been turning down the press & parties looking to politicise the situation. Only the State Education Director can give statements to the press so please don't approach me. Also, I want to stay as apolitical as possible. As a civil servant, I serve the government of the day. I seriously have no time for politics. My time is better spent on the young lives who depend on me.

Let me clarify that I wrote about the situation of my school NOT to condemn any party, deliberately cause chaos, or embarrass anyone. I wasn't looking for a fight or making accusations. I was CALLING FOR HELP. Our situation was desperate. So, please don't take advantage of our plight to make accusations or speculations until the investigation by the ministry is complete.

Furthermore, it is true that I disregarded the SOP & broke ranks when I published the call for help publicly. My crime was I went ahead & disclosed sensitive information to the public without the permission from my superiors. Civil servants must appear professional at all times. Once the school is up & running & the public forgets, perhaps that is when I shall answer for stirring up the hornet's nest.

As I mentioned in the call for help, I am willing to take responsibility for my actions & I humbly submit myself to the fair judgement of my superiors. I'm not looking for a fight because it is a waste of my time & energy. I've always been about collaborating & making a real difference. Looking at the comments in my call for help, I realise that I had divided people instead of uniting them for a good cause. I'm ending the sharing campaign. There is no need for that any more.

Finally, I want to make a public apology to my colleagues, my principal, the district office, the state education office, the education ministry, ministers, assemblymen, & everyone else I've bothered for causing a fuss & possibly interfering with the work on ameliorating the school. Thank you for taking swift action. My hope is that, with your help, our school will become better than before.

A big thanks to everyone who lent a hand. Do continue to pray for SMK Katibas!
Please let people know that the situation has taken a turn for the better!


Footnote: You must be thinking that someone forced me to write this. Nope. I wrote this out of my own volition having actualised the cry for help & realising that I might have done more harm than good. I will now get out of the way so that those who are actually doing the work can deliver without interference. I absolutely can't wait to see my students again! We've got so much to catch up on! Also, I've got quite a bit of paperwork to catch up with too... =D

Comments

  1. sungguh besar pengorbanan seorang cikgu...
    harap cikgu terus tabah untuk mendidik pelajar2 disana...

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    1. Saya ingin menjelaskan bahawa bukan saya seorang sahaja yang berkorban. Beratus-ratus lagi guru yang berkhidmat dalam keadaan yang lebih teruk daripada keadaan saya. Terutamanya para guru sekolah-sekolah yang lebih jauh di pedalaman. Lebih besar pengorbanan mereka.

      Kita akan teruskan usaha kita dengan sebaik mungkin. Terima kasih, didi.

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  2. Very well said, and the intention was clear that it was a cry for help. While there are always many who are looking for opportunities to score political points, I believe the viral sharing of your posts was because good folks were touched by what you had described, and they shared with sincere intentions to help in whatever way they can. I hope the school administrators and the Education dept folks will not penalize you for 'crying out for help' in the interest of your students. Sometimes, things just have to be done a different way. Doing the same thing over & over again and expecting different results, is simply insanity. Keep up the good work, and remain dedicated. It is hard to find good people like you and your colleagues these days.

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement. I didn't know that people were touched by what I have described. I certainly did not expect that. Also, I like the way you said "you & your colleagues". You understand me well. =)

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  3. Anonymous10/5/15 15:46

    I don't understand why you need to apologies for speaking out & asking for help? We need more caring people like you instead of being political correct. Stay pure & keep up the good work (y)

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    1. Anonymous11/5/15 18:06

      100 % agree. Sarawak especially need more people like you, regardless of the races or ethnicity.

      Thumb up!!

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    2. I have been called to make peace & unite people. I can fight. But, I will only fight for these reasons.

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  4. Syabas, cikgu. Menceritakan kisah sebenar. Kisah yang terpaksa diangkat ke media sosial kerana tentunya sudah berkali-kali hal ini diadukan kepada kementerian di Putrajaya tetapi tiada tindakan. Teruskan usaha cikgu.

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    1. Terima kasih, Sherrina.
      Sebenarnya, KPM bukannya tidak prihatin. Kadang-kala huruf & nombor diatas sekeping kertas tidak dapat memberikan gambaran yang sebenar. Saya berharap bahawa tindakan akan diambil supaya perkara ini tidak akan berlaku lagi di mana-mana sekolah.

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  5. Good job by staying apolitical. It's the best way and great to see this blog up, detailing about the struggles of teachers. Do be wary not to cross that imaginary line set by the edu dept because it can be quite, em, i can say, damaging. Anyway, keep up the good work, and Selamat Hari Guru cikgu!

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    1. Wow! The founder of Sarawak Bloggers! Welcome!

      Good advice on the imaginary line. What I've done, I did for good reason. My conscience is clear. My hope is that they will ameliorate the situation at my school as soon as possible & keep an eye out for similar problems at other remote schools.
      Whatever happens to me because of what I have done is God's will & I know something good will come out of it.

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  6. Anonymous22/5/15 17:05

    I am a civil servant and working with the federal government myself. When I saw your post, I was worried for you as I know how the government protocols work. I do understand the severity and seriousness of your situation which must have prompted your action, and I seriously hope the best for you and your school. I hope your best intentions will pull you through any negative reactions =)

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement & thank you for caring enough to post a message for me here! I really appreciate it!

      Whatever they decide to do is in their hands. I just hope that they will put the students first & get the electricity & water back as soon as possible. Also, I put myself in God's hands & will make the best of whatever situation I might encounter in the future. I can only thrive & make a bigger impact on the nation.

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