According to a circular issued by the Education Ministry in June 2013, Christian mission schools are allowed to retain their ethos and characteristics. ― File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 ― Putrajaya has allowed a Sabah mission school to retain a newly installed cross on its building facade amid pressure from Muslim parents and teachers to remove the Christian religious symbol.
Sabah’s Daily Express news website reported Deputy Education Minister I Datuk Mary Yap as saying that according to a circular issued by the Education Ministry in June 2013, Christian mission schools are allowed to retain their ethos and characteristics.
“The cross stays,” Yap was quoted saying.
She reportedly said the Sandakan District Education Office will explain the circular to teachers and parents later today.
Muslim teachers and parents have purportedly asked Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan St Mary in Labuk, Sandakan, to remove the cross that was recently installed at one of its buildings, according to Sandakan MP Stephen Wong and Sabah Education Department Datuk Jame Alip.
While Sabah and neighbouring Sarawak pride themselves on the rarity of the racial strife that regularly afflicts peninsular Malaysia, religious tension among natives has grown with the spread of Islam into the region.
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