Perak mufti slams school over cup seg­re­ga­tion

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KUALA LUMPUR: Se­gre­gat­ing drink­ing cups for Mus­lim and non-Mus­lim pupils is an offensive act and in­vites ha­tred to­wards Is­lam, said Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harus­sani Zakaria.

He was re­spond­ing to news re­ports that a pri­mary school in Hulu Lan­gat, Se­lan­gor, had been mak­ing its Mus­lim and non-Mus­lim pupils use sep­a­rate cups.

“It should not be done. We should know the (Is­lamic) rul­ings and not be too ‘rigid’ to the point of invit­ing peo­ple’s ha­tred.

“Is­lam re­gards se­ri­ously the re­la­tion­ship b etwe en peo­ple (re­gard­less of re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion),”

Harus­sani told an on­line por­tal.

He said even though some nonMus­lims ate pork, this did not mean their lips were filth (na­jis).

“Cups used by non-Mus­lims can also be used by Mus­lims, the same way a pot used by non-Mus­lims can be used by Mus­lims. The act is an in­sult, we should not do it,” said Harus­sani.

The school’s au­thor­i­ties de­clined to com­ment. Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon has urged the state Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Tan Sri Harus­sani Zakaria

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