Bangkok, Nov 16 (EFE) .- The Malaysian authorities fired an official of the Ministry of Education after he was absent from work for almost five and a half years, Local media reported today. p>
Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid said the case occurred in a school in a rural area where the employee stopped attending 2,002. days. p>
"We do not know what the problem was, the director tried for years to persuade the employee to go to work," the minister said, according to television Channel News Asia. P>
Khalid did not specify whether the employee was a teacher or school administrator, and admitted that absenteeism is a problem in rural schools where workers sometimes need Boat, car and trek hours to get there.