On Friday 2 September, the EFCL’s attorneys delivered to my office this letter dated 8 August 2011.
The letter ended by warning me that EFCL would meet any defamatory statements with legal action…seeing that he never said “…further defamatory statements…” or identified any such, this appears to be yet another waste of taxpayers’ money in an attempt to avoid answering my five original questions.
The intention here seems to be intimidation.
It is sad and ineffective, let me tell you why.
Sad, because, according to clause d. of EFCL’s Staff Confidentiality Policy Statement which was sent to me, employees are forbidden to reveal the terms of the policy or even its very existence. Lalla’s letter states at 2. that EFCL’s Confidentiality Policy is “…consistent with what obtains in many companies…”. Both of those cannot be true, since it is simply not the norm that a normal commercial company forbids its employees from even disclosing the existence of a policy. Those provisions are not at all consistent with what obtains.
The sad part is that the only way to settle this is for EFCL to release its Confidentiality Policy, as I have been requesting. They have been reluctant to do so, for whatever reason.
EFCL prefers to spend money to obfuscate and intimidate rather than just answer these simple questions, originally contained in my email of 1 July –
- Is there a new EFCL Confidentiality policy?
- When did that come into effect?
- Would you please provide a copy of that policy?
- Was that policy approved by the Board of Directors?
- Is the Ministry of Education aware of this new policy?
There seems to be an attempt to change the reality that all these State Enterprises are spending public money and therefore ought to be responsive to our reasonable requests.
Earlier today I made a request under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and we will see what happens next.