Unity council probes into claim that students used to propagate Islam in schools


(TMI) – Sources in the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) said the claims were raised by a non-Muslim religious head at a dialogue with the council last month and were being investigated.

“We are verifying the claim,” the source told The Malaysian Insider.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source, who is a member of the NUCC, said the council would have to first determine if there was a basis to the claim.

“This is a serious allegation and we have to do some checking,” the source said.

He said if the allegations were found to have basis, the NUCC would address the issue in its interim report to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The council, tasked with finding ways to stem racial and religious discord in country, has held unity dialogues with the public and civil society throughout the country since it was formed last November and is expected to submit a preliminary report on its findings to Najib next month.

“We are mindful that no religion should be propagated in whatever form to others in schools as the faith of students below the age of 18 is to be decided by the parents,” the source said.

The allegations were raised by Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) president Datuk R.S. Mohan Shan (pic) at a dialogue chaired by NUCC chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman recently.

Mohan was in the delegation from the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) which had met NUCC members.

Mohan, who is also a MCCBCHST vice-president, said he found out that one school had set a provocative question in an Islamic Studies paper last year.

The question, he said, was “What are the ways to convert your friends?” (Cara-cara mengislamkan kawan-kawan anda).

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