Teachers in certain categories are now allowed to be involved in politics.
In the early days of the country, teachers were one of the main groups involved in politics. that was why the portfolio of the Minister of Education was seen as something leading to the ultimate price for those ambitious ones.
Later on, when there were restrictions on the involvement of teachers, and when money politics comes into play, other ministers who can hand out lucrative contracts become very powerful too.
With the restriction being lifted, the MOE is once again very very powerful, and since the voting of the TOP leaders of the Big Brother is now no longer limited to just the few thousand delegates but to a much bigger base, teachers become important since they normally play very prominent roles in grassroots politics and they are also well respected in rural community.
With the restriction lifted, the MOE becomes very powerful now, since teachers will probably form a big group of the enlarged voting base, and their influence goes beyond just their numbers and they will have a big say in influencing the big groups of people who are eligible to vote for the presidency of the Big Brother.
By so doing, the MOE, who is the no. 2 , is now petting more powerful.
The No 1 failure to win back Chinese votes is now being used by right wingers within the party to try to create resistance to his reforms and in a way he is now facing the same problem that his immediate predecessor is facing before — a threat to remove him if he gives out too much and still cannot win back the votes. The problem is that the right wingers, with the help of the outsourced Perkasa, is harping on racism to play a very dangerous game; a game that will cause polarisation of politics. The same right wingers are also in talk with some in the Islamic party..
What i have said in an article in my blog as well as Malaysiakini in march is still valid . Maybe we should revisit the post here.