PETALING JAYA: A police report has been lodged against Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) by the Malaysia Hindu Dharma Mamandram for allowing the publishing of a teaching module that is derogatory to Hindus and Sikhs.
The chairman of the association’s Sungai Petani branch lodged the report, said S. Barathidasan, the secretary-general of the Malaysian Indian Progressive Association (Mipas).
He said he expected more police reports would be lodged in the near future over the matter.
“Mipas also wants to know since when were the UTM authorities experts in Hinduism?” asked Barathidasan in a statement on Tuesday.
“Mipas asks that the UTM authorities work together to conduct more thorough research beforehand and ensure the facts are correct and accurate with Hindu religious organisations, NGOs and academic experts before releasing any teaching modules,” he said.
He also demanded that the university remove the offending module as well as issue an apology to all Malaysian Hindus.
On Monday, Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan posted a screen grab of the teaching module which had made claims that Hindus preferred to be “dirty” and that Islam had taught Hindu followers “manners in life”.
It stated that “some Hindu followers believe that dirt on the body is a ritual which could lead to the attainment of Nirvana”.
Kamalanathan added that he had spoken to UTM’s vice-chancellor, who he said had acknowledged there were mistakes and promised to correct the module “expeditiously”.