PETALING JAYA: "Proactive steps" have been taken by a school in Kajang after it allegedly barred students from wearing sarees during a National Day celebration recently, says the Education Ministry.
In a press release Thursday (Sept 21), the ministry said it was aware of the recent viral incident and that the school involved had already taken measures to address the complaints.
“On the recent viral issue, the school involved has already taken proactive steps by discussing with parents and students.
“Improvements to the organisation of planned activities have been done by the school, and the recent issue has been resolved,” it said.
However, the ministry did not provide details on "improvements" that had been taken by the school.
It stressed that students were allowed to wear appropriate traditional clothing and accessories when attending cultural and artistic activities.
“The ministry always encourages students' involvement in cultural and artistic activities that aim to nurture the spirit of unity among the multiracial communities in the country,” it said.
This comes after it was reported on Wednesday (Sept 20) that students from a secondary school were barred from wearing sarees at an event meant to foster unity, which sparked a massive uproar among Malaysians online.
A student from the school claimed that those wearing sarees were instructed to report their names to the discipline teacher, which was then recorded in their Students Discipline System (Sistem Sahsiah Diri Murid or SSDM).
The same student also claimed that Indian students were told to remove their red holy threads from their wrists, and permission was required to wear them.