PRS Youth on send­ing Is­lamic re­li­gious teach­ers to ru­ral schools

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KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth has ex­pressed con­cern over the gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion of send­ing Is­lamic re­li­gious teach­ers from the Penin­su­lar Malaysia and Sabah into schools in the ru­ral ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly those with Dayak stu­dents form­ing the ma­jor­ity.

Its pub­lic­ity youth chief Andy Lawrence said their re­quest was valid es­pe­cially if the us­taz or us­tazah was play­ing an in­flu­en­tial role in school food ra­tioning or ten­der bid­ding in­volv­ing food sup­ply, for in­stance.

“PRS will op­pose plac­ing Is­lamic re­li­gious teach­ers in ru­ral schools where there is no Mus­lim stu­dents. Most schools in ru­ral Sarawak do not have Mus­lim stu­dents and hence there is no ne­ces­sity to place Is­lamic re­li­gious teach­ers in such schools.

“But if there are schools that have many Mus­lim stu­dents, then please give pri­or­ity to our lo­cal Sarawakian teach­ers to go there. Sim­i­larly, in ru­ral schools where there is no Mus­lim stu­dents, a halal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of ra­tion sup­ply to th­ese schools should not be a re­quire­ment.

“If halal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is a re­quire­ment for the sup­pli­ers to par­tic­i­pate in bid­ding as school ra­tion sup­pli­ers, PRS will con­sider it bias and unfair to non-Mus­lim wet ra­tion sup­pli­ers to ru­ral schools in Sarawak. Please be rea­son­able and ra­tio­nal on this mat­ter.

“Full au­ton­omy in ed­u­ca­tion must be given to Sarawak as it would be eas­ier for us to un­der­stand the lo­cal sen­ti­ments and needs. Hence, it will be eas­ier for us to man­age and to speed up the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion in Sarawak, es­pe­cially to im­prove school in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties as many of the build­ings are di­lap­i­dated,” he added.

It would be bet­ter if schools in the ru­ral ar­eas were ex­empted from the move of send­ing us­taz and us­tazah to schools where Dayak and/or Chris­tians were the ma­jor­ity, he said.

Andy, who is a coun­cil­lor with Samarahan Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil, said the party was not against Is­lamic re­li­gious teach­ers teach­ing in Sarawak but they would be a dis­ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity if they were al­lowed to teach or re­side in such schools.

De­spite ac­knowl­edg­ing the in­suf­fi­cient num­ber of Is­lamic Stud­ies teach­ers in Sarawak, he urged the gov­ern­ment to give the Is­lamic Stud­ies teach­ing posts to Sarawakians first and fore­most.

“The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry should be fo­cus­ing on crit­i­cal is­sues at hand, like the is­sue of the more than 200 tem­po­rary teach­ers whose ser­vices are be­ing ter­mi­nated af­ter serv­ing for so many years in the in­dus­try,” he said.

He was re­fer­ring to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s move to bring in sev­eral Is­lamic Stud­ies teach­ers from Penin­su­lar Malaysia and Sabah into Sarawak.

Its min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said an ar­range­ment over this mat­ter had al­ready been dis­cussed with Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg.

This ar­range­ment is spe­cial and noth­ing to do with the state pol­icy of want­ing to have the 90:10 ra­tio of Sarawakian to Penin­su­lar Malaysian teach­ers in the state.

Soon Koh (fourth left) with King Hong on his right and oth­ers per­form­ing the ‘Lao Sang’ at the Lim­bang Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tion.

Andy Lawrence

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