30 years. For 30 years, Malaysians have talked about extreme teacher absenteeism and abuses of power to hide extreme teacher absenteeism by Education Ministry officers, yet in 2020 still there is no justice. For those without the power of political connections, abuses are expected. The fake pious cowards simply murmur, "Tunggu untuk akhiratlah untuk keadilan." These people have the political calculations to admit injustices exist, but not the spines to demand justice.
For once, there is a bright light of justice at the end of the tunnel: no backdoor agreements, no out-of-court settlements, no compromise.
Tiada.Guru is the grassroots justice campaign for a public interest litigation case filed by Siti Nafirah binti Siman, a B40 Sabahan student, against seven defendants: an allegedly seven-month absent English teacher, her school principal "Pengetua Cemerlang", the Kota Belud District Education Department, the Sabah State Education Department, the Ministry of Education, and the Federal Government of Malaysia.
There is no turning back for Plaintiff Siti Nafirah binti Siman. And there is no turning back for the Tiada.Guru campaign. We hope after you read these pages, you'll join us on the journey of a lifetime.
Our campaign has three major goals:
And then we will turn on the lights everywhere. We will see you in every kampung, in every district, and in every state to demand justice for every child.
We are fighting for the heroes and to-be-heroes of a just, clean, and brave new Malaysia.
"If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policeman, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected—those, precisely, who need the law's protection most!—and listens to their testimony."
— James Baldwin
Because we have been on the other side and we know the truth. Because we've prepared this campaign as justice-first and exposure-first, there will be no turning back.
Read more about our beginning in Our Story.
We had a lot of learning to do in the beginning. The system is not necessarily complex, but it's often hidden.
"The culture of fear for speaking up must end.”