Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Report: Malaysian Teacher Reprimanded For Making Hindu Students Shave Religious Beards

A teacher in Muslim-majority Malaysia has been reprimanded for forcing six Hindu schoolboys to shave their mustaches and beards, which they were growing for a religious ritual this month, a news report said Tuesday.

The Star newspaper quoted State Education Director Hussain Harun as saying that the teacher in the
northern Perak state was enforcing school regulations that require students to be clean shaven. However, he was guilty of being insensitive to the students' feelings, and has been told off, Hussain was quoted as saying.

The teacher also forced the students to remove religious wristbands to enforce a rule that no ornaments be worn in school.
"If need be, the teacher would have to apologize ... for hurting their feelings by being insensitive to their religious and cultural needs. The best way is to ask for their forgiveness," The Star quoted Hussain as saying.

Hussain could not immediately be reached, and the education officer investigating the case declined to comment.

The students were growing their hair as part of a ritual for the Thaipusam festival that was celebrated on Jan. 23. Many ethnic Indians, who form 8 percent of Malaysia's 27 million population, let their hair grow for a certain period and have themselves shaved on Thaipusam day.

The Star did not identify the teacher's religion.

The incident is a reflection of growing racial friction, which threatens to unravel the country's carefully nurtured ethnic and religious pluralism.
About 60 percent of the population is Muslim Malay, and the minority Indians and Chinese are concerned that a pro-Muslim tilt in the civil service and judiciary is eroding their religious rights.

Lok Yim Pheng, secretary general of the National Union of the Teaching Profession, slammed the teacher's actions. "Of course, we don't want the boys' beards to be too long, but we must understand these particular boys' religion," she told The Associated Press. "The teacher should be more sensitive ... They must act professionally. They cannot act out of emotions." (PR-Inside.com)

'The Star did not identify the teacher's religion.' Hmmm.
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Anonymous Trishul said...

The way SMSes were being passed around the Malay teacher not only asked the boys to shave and remove the strings they had tied to their wrists, he also belittle the Hindu religion saying 'itu agama syaitan'!!!

Racist Son of bitch!

5:30 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The parents of the 6 Hindoo boys should had obtained permission from the school principal for their children to keep their beards until Jan 23. Then all this conflict would had been averted

5:39 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about asking muslim ladies to take off their tudong when taking IC photos and entering to banks, schools, exam halls, .... so that they can be identified easily. Sorry, I don't mean to cause any offense but sometimes it is very unsure if the muslim lady who came in to the bank was the one shown in the CCTV. Worst case is when they cover from head to toes.

7:14 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous kunyit said...

after so many years of schooling, the teacher is being insensitive to others. no wonder our local grads fail to secure anything. they lacked the necessary education on how to be citizen of the federation. bad education+ no reading= af voting malays--> racist bigot.

6:05 PM GMT+8  
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