Maszlee rejects having schools teach about religions
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Education Minister Maszlee Malik fears more negative than positive effects from teaching about religions.
KLUANG: The education minister has rejected a proposal by the Malaysian Youth Council (MBM) for a special subject about religions be introduced in schools and universities.
The minister, Maszlee Malik, said he was being consistent with the ministry’s previous suggestion that every school and university should organise more cross-cultural programmes.
He said it was more appropriate for school children and students to share about each other’s culture rather than learning about other religions. The ministry feared that there would be more negative than positive effects from a subject on religion.
“Recently, when I was in Penang, I saw a national type Tamil school collaborating with a national religious secondary school. In Johor, we have the Hidayah Islamic School that is very active in organising activities with other vernacular schools….