KOTA KINABALU: The introduction and teaching of the Bible Knowledge subject for Christian students in certain schools is testament to the Government's fair treatment of all religions in the country, says Datuk Seri Madius Tangau (pic).
"The Government respects freedom of religion by allowing religious education in schools in Malaysia's education system," said the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister after handing over Bible Knowledge textbooks to 18 schools in Sabah on Friday night.
Madius said the secondary school level subject, which is taught in English, could also help improve students' grasp of the language.
"Some students in Form 1 and 2 have taken the subject on their own initiative so that they can master the language," he said.
Madius, who is also President of United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko), said this was part of the party's effort to help students and encourage more Christian students to take the subject.
When asked if there were plans to teach the subject during normal school hours, Madius said this needed to be discussed with the Education Ministry.
This subject is currently taught after school hours.
"We will hold a dialogue with the Education Ministry, but what is important now is for Christian parents to encourage their children to take the subject," he said.
"There are only 700 students taking the subject nationwide at present," he added.
He said the Government would be open to suggestions of teaching the subject during normal school hours if more students take up the subject.