‘Not appropriate to teach other religions than Islam in primary schools’

‘Not appropriate to teach other religions than Islam in primary schools’

PUCHONG: Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) rejected Malaysian Youth Council’s (MBM) proposal to teach primary school students other religions than Islam.

Its president, Nik Omar Nik Aziz said that such proposal should be scrutinised and studied from all angles if it were to be implemented.

“For young pupils, especially Muslims, we should focus on providing Islamic education and strengthening their faith…by exposing them with the basic of Fardhu Ain.

“The proposal is more suitable for those in secondary school or institution or higher learning as they will be able understand Islam more, but it is really unsuitable for those in primary school,” he said.

Earlier, the Education Ministry rejected the proposal and minister Maszlee Malik said that he was consistent with the ministry’s previous suggestion that every school and university should organise more cross-cultural programmes.

On Saturday, MBM president Jufitri Joha was reported as saying that the Islamic studies subject currently being taught in schools was good, but it only focused on one religion.

He said his proposal did not mean that the country would practice religious equality but learning about various religions would foster unity and promote religious sensitivity for different cultures.