Ministry urged to clarify CNY decors for schools
Published on: Friday, January 10, 2020
By: Malay Mail
KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry must take immediate action to prevent any confusion over an attempt to depict Chinese New Year as a religious celebration, DAP said.
The ruling party’s legal bureau chief Ramkarpal Singh said the ministry must make it clear that no wrong had been committed by a Puchong public school that had decorated its grounds for the upcoming Chinese New Year as alleged by a Malay party in painting the episode as an attempt to propagate non-Islamic religions.
“The Education Ministry must launch an inquiry into this episode and set the record straight — that it is no offence to put up any decorations in schools during festive seasons such as Hari Raya, Chinese New Year or Deepavali,” Ramkarpal said in a statement.
He was responding to Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) vice-president and lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz who threatened action against SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong (1) in Pusat Bandar Puchong for its Chinese New Year decorations.
Pictures of the school festooned with lanterns and other red-coloured cut-outs deemed auspicious by ethnic Chinese have since spread on social media and were held up by Khairul as so-called proof of the religious propagation attempt. – Malay Mail
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