In November 2022, my ex-English teacher Cikgu Nurhaizah Ejab testified in High Court. Due to GE15, most media did not report her testimony. She is now a historic Ministry of Education whistleblower teacher. But until now, she has no whistleblower protection. Where are our politicians, police, MACC, and the Education Ministry?
- The police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must investigate any criminal actions that Cikgu Nurhaizah and the three Plaintiffs shared in testimony, documents, and video-audio recordings. Go to whistleblowers.
- The Government must immediately provide full whistleblower protection to Cikgu Nurhaizah. A 2nd trial soon will call her against the same Defendants.
- All MPs must support whistleblower protection laws independent of the Executive. Why are senior public servants still able to threaten teachers? Teachers are ready to speak up.
- All MPs must support an independent Public Ombudsman to investigate cases and take appropriate disciplinary enforcement. Sudah-sudahlah with the MOE’s internal investigations and weak disciplinary enforcement.
This is High Court Case BKI-22NCvC-88/11-2020, under High Court Judge YA Tuan Leonard David Shim. Cikgu Nurhaizah knew this horrible reality for years. She did everything to save her students. Still, she never burdened her students. She kept teaching, struggling, and sacrificing everything for us. And yet she was the only MOE teacher whistleblower in the entire trial.
I am an ex-SMK Taun Gusi student. That teacher, Jainal Jamran, was absent for months in my Form 4 Sastera class in 2013. No action by the school. In Form 5, Cikgu Nurhaizah became our English teacher and saved our class, again.
Cikgu Nurhaizah was born in Kota Belud. She grew up in Kg. Taun Gusi, was an SMK Taun Gusi student herself, and then became an SMK Taun Gusi teacher. She is a national hero. We are a rural B40 community; Kota Belud is one of the 10 poorest districts in Malaysia. Unfortunately, our heroes get no protection.
Without whistleblowers → no ground truth on all policies, Ministries, agencies, institutions. Without whistleblowers → no urgency nor measurement of reform. All disciplinary / civil / criminal proceedings are jeopardized without whistleblower protection, as witnesses give up or run away. Whistleblowers have run out of time.
Her whistleblowing came in the public interest litigation case by ex-student-whistleblowers vs Jainal, Suid, MOE, and Government. Since their 2020 summons, I have supported them:
- 1st Plaintiff Rusiah binti Sabdarin - Kg. Taun Gusi II, Class Monitor
- 2nd Plaintiff Calvina binti Angayung - Kg. Rampayan Laut, Head School Prefect
- 3rd Plaintiff Nur Natasha Allisya binti Hamali - Kg. Taun Gusi, School Prefect
The ex-students subpoenaed her. The MOE never asked Cikgu Nurhaizah to testify. Not only that, but these Plaintiffs entered into Court six more recordings of Principal Suid, Teacher Awang Erawan, Teacher Norhana, and others.
Teachers AND students need external + independent investigations AND enforcement: no more MOE and the Education Service Commission policing themselves.
This petition was prepared by the Tiada.Guru Campaign and Safiah Omar (pictured above, right), a former student of Teacher Nurhaizah Ejab (pictured above, middle).