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Deputy education minister slams separate cup policy

 | August 10, 2017

Chong Sin Woon says national schools cater to all students, regardless of race and religion.

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PETALING JAYA: Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said today that national schools in the country catered to “all” students regardless of what race or religion they belonged to.

He said this following a public outcry sparked by a school’s decision that Muslim and non-Muslim students drink from separate cups.

“National schools are for all, regardless of race and religion,” Chong told FMT.

Chong, who is also MCA Youth chief, said he was awaiting the findings of a report by the Selangor Education Department on the matter.

Earlier today, checks by FMT at Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Puteri in Hulu Langat confirmed pictures on social media that Muslim and non-Muslim students were made to drink from separate cups.

The cups, with “Muslim” and “non-Muslim” labels were placed at a water dispenser.

School authorities however declined to comment on the policy, but a canteen worker said that the practice began last year under the school’s former principal.

The policy however has drawn the ire of many, with G25 – a group comprising former civil servants – describing the practice as “plain stupid”.

Amanah vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa described the practice as “unfortunate”.

Meanwhile, MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Ti Lian Ker hit out at the school authorities, saying the policy promoted prejudice among students.


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