Schools in Penang are banned from joining state-level Merdeka celebrations until further instruction from the Education Ministry.
According to The Star Online, an official from the state Education Department communications unit confirmed that its director Datuk Osman Hussain sent the directive to all schools in Penang yesterday (Thursday, 20th August 2015).
Deputy Chief Minister (II) Prof P Ramasamy said he was told that the Department found fault with the use of the word “bersih” in this year’s Merdeka slogan for the state.
State assembly speaker Law Choo Kiang, who is the state Merdeka celebrations organising chairman, said the move was irrational.
“Instead of encouraging schools to parade and show their patriotism, the Ministry blocks them. What message are they sending to schoolchildren?” he questioned.