Pahang teacher investigated for posting racially charged comments online, says Education Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR: A teacher in Pahang is being investigated for allegedly posting scathing comments hurtful to non-Muslims on Facebook, says the Education Ministry.

The ministry's integrity unit and the Pahang Education Department are conducting investigations, confirmed Minister Fadhlina Sidek, who said stern action would be taken against anyone who breaches the ministry's existing rules and regulations.

She stated that teachers, as civil servants, are bound by statutory provisions, including those governing social media usage.

"Social media must be utilised responsibly and in accordance with the set guidelines on values and ethics," she said.

According to news reports, a social media user believed to be a Pahang-based teacher had made the comments over a write-up about Selangor's focus on Islamic teachings in line with the Kitab Turath, which contained the writings of ancient Islamic scholars.

The teacher allegedly left a cynical comment saying, "It was pointless for someone to study various religious books if they were to vote for non-Muslims in the end."

Fadhlina's political secretary, Atiqah Syairah Shaharuddin, said the teacher, who holds a "significant" position, was still teaching at a school.

She stated that the district education office and state education department have conducted their initial investigations and will take further action when the school term reopens on Tuesday (June 4).

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