PETALING JAYA: Religion and education shouldn’t mix, says MIC Youth Chief C. Sivarraajh.
“One shouldn’t mix religion and education together as it could escalate into something undesirable in the future. I strongly agree that the subject of Islamic Studies is sufficient, but we must ensure that the teachers instil the actual teachings and don’t preach hatred towards other religions,” said Sivarraajh in a statement on Wednesday.
He added that he thought that this is what Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid meant when he said that the Government would not allow national schools to become “too Islamic”.
“Malaysia is a multi-confessional country whose most professed religion is Islam but people of other races have been given their freedom to practise their own religious. This practice should begin at the very basic level and it starts with school.
“I strongly agree with his statement as he doesn’t means to abolish Islamic Studies completely but to ensure that religion is not completely amalgamated into education,” said Sivarraajh.
He added that Mahdzir was speaking about the practices in schools, especially in national schools.
“Many schools play azan and recite the Quran during assemblies. This has been practised in national schools for ages, but no issues were made until recently. Sacrificing cows is an example of something that shouldn’t have taken place in school compounds first of all. It shows that the feelings of other races were not taken into consideration and ignored the sensitivity of Malaysia’s multiracial students,” he said.
Sivarraajh added that by making schools too Islamic, students of other religions would be denied their religious rights.
“Many mistakenly believe that Islam does not tolerate the existence of other religions present in the world but the truth remains as Islam is one of the most peaceful religions as the prophet strictly warned against any maltreatment of people of other faiths,” he said.