Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kamalanathan dismisses fears of conversion in S’wak school

Kow Gah Chie   

Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan said he was in the dark on the controversial transfer of a Muslim headmaster from Kelantan to a Dayak-majority secondary school in Sarawak.
He, however, promised to look into the matter.
"I'm just hearing about it from you now. Let me check the real reason behind it," he told journalists at the MIC Deepavali open house in Batu Caves.
He was asked to respond to the call made by the parents of SMK Sungai Paoh to reconsider the transfer of the Muslim principal from the peninsula to the school in Sarikei.
"If it is something that we can consider, we will surely consider the appeal but let me first take a look at what actually transpired," he said.
He however dismissed the concerns by the parents who fear their kids may be quietly converted to a Muslim.
"No, I don't think that would happen," he said.
"We are always open for thoughts and opinions and there are always ways to put things into perspective," he added.
It was reported that Ustaz Roslin Che Mood, a religious teacher, has reported for duty at the school yesterday.
On May 2014, seven angry Christian parents from Balai Ringin in Serian district have complained over attempts by a Muslim non-governmental organisation to convert their secondary school children to Islam under the pretext of an ‘anak angkat’ (child adoption) programme.
In another incident, a 13-year-old student from SMK Lutong, Miri, had lodged a police report on March 25, alleging a religious teacher had arranged her conversion without the consent of her parents.

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