The Sun (Malaysia)

Stop racial polemics, says PM


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wants all quarters to stop engaging in racial polemics as all Malaysians are guaranteed equitable rights and justice.

Referring to “Imam Nawawi’s 40 Hadith Appreciati­on Module” launched by the Education Ministry on Aug 19, Anwar said it was only targeted for Muslim students and there was no compulsion for non-Muslims to study it.

“This subject is only for Muslim children as part of Islamic education. Ask first instead of getting angry.

“Today, I am in Little India. Extremists would say Anwar is looking after Indians only.

“When it concerns Malays, including text (module) for Muslim children to study the hadith, they say Anwar only cares for Islam. Everything I do seems to be wrong,” he said after launching the Lestari Niaga@Kuala Lumpur D’Medan Selera Madani Programme at Kompleks Tun Sambanthan yesterday.

He added that it was his responsibi­lity as a leader to ensure that Islam was properly learnt and appreciate­d.

The module is aimed at inculcatin­g an appreciati­on of the hadith starting from school level, and to promote religious understand­ing, especially among Muslim students and teachers.

The pilot programme will be implemente­d at 61 Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama and 228 Sekolah Agama Bantuan Kerajaan throughout the country.

Certain quarters, including the Malaysian Consultati­ve Council of Buddhism, Christiani­ty, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism, had disputed the implementa­tion of the module, claiming that it was against the Federal Constituti­on and violated the right to freedom of religion.

The Education Ministry has explained that the module is only to be taught to Muslim students.

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