Rais suggests uniforms to stop pretence


  • Nation
  • Monday, 14 Jul 2003

Compiled by LEE YUK PENG, AUDREY EDWARDS and S. ARULLDAS

THE Government is considering suggestions that alleged Muslim criminals be fitted with uniforms when they appear in court to safeguard the religion’s image, reports Berita Minggu

It said there had been cases when Muslims wear the jubah (religious robes) and kopiah (skull cap) to look religious when they were charged for crimes involving rape or incest. 

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said that individuals who wore the jubah or kopiah in court had given Islam a bad image. 

“When they are caught, they will quickly wear the ketayap, kopiah and jubah and be brought to court because they want to hide behind the clothes and show that they are supposedly pious. 

“Whereas, when they were committing the crime like rape or incest, they wore jeans.  

“This is a joke,” he told the daily in an interview on Friday, adding that he would forward the suggestion to the policymakers with input from the police and prison authorities. 

Berita Minggu also reported that the Education Ministry would introduce a system next year, whereby SPM candidates could apply for the matriculation programme through the Internet. 

Its matriculation division director Prof Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad said the pilot project would be introduced this year to candidates from fully residential schools and Mara Science Colleges before being expanded to the other schools next year. 

Fully residential schools and Mara Science College students could begin applying through the Internet from Sept 8. 

Mingguan Malaysia reported that effeminate teachers and lecturers in schools were among the causes of the increase in the number of effeminate students in institutions of higher learning.  

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia law lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Nor Aziah Mohd Awal revealed that many parents wanted teachers and lecturers who possessed stronger sexual identity to teach their children. 

“The Education Ministry and the relevant authorities should look into this matter seriously because students tend to copy their teachers,” she said. 

She urged headmasters and authorities to act sternly against the effeminate staff so that their behaviour would not be followed by students.  

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