PETALING JAYA: The education ministry has shared a guideline for the Palestine Solidarity Week, which bans the use of weapons and promotion of political parties.
In an infographic posted on X (formerly known as Twitter), education minister Fadhlina Sidek urged schools to avoid extremist rhetoric, manipulating the facts and blaming specific groups or religions based on the actions of a few individuals.
She also said schools should steer clear of anything that may lead to confrontation and refrain from showcasing a one-sided perspective of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Instead, Fadhlina said schools should focus on humanity and advocate understanding by underscoring the importance of peace instead of violence.
She encouraged schools to organise charity campaigns, forums, and work with NGOs in activities for students.
Fadhlina, who is the MP for Nibong Tebal, said all activities to be held during the week should focus on peace, justice, and harmony.
Recently, a video recording went viral on social media depicting a school programme showing elements of extremism in expressing support for the Palestinian people.
The 55-second clip showed an event held in a school involving what appeared to be a man wearing a bulletproof vest, a balaclava mask and pointing a toy rifle at students, while leading a group of teachers into an assembly.
The ministry said it would not compromise with any activities with “extremist” elements, adding that the use of replica weapons, icons and symbols in a provocative and confrontational manner was “strictly prohibited”.
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has also called for better control of the Palestine solidarity programmes in schools following reports of students and teachers carrying toy guns at several events.