Education institutions, especially
public schools and universities should not impose Islamic dress codes on
by Chong Eng
DAP calls on the Education
Minister to issue clear instruction to public schools and universities to
prohibit the authorities concerned to impose Islamic dress code on
non-Muslim students as this is against the spirit of constitution which
guaranteed freedom of religion and it practices.
Our above call should not be interpreted as anti-Islam. We respect the wish
of Muslim to practice Islam. We hope the non-Muslims right to practice their
religions and cultures will be reciprocated in return.
We believe Islam is not a religion by force. The Parliamentary secretary to
the Education Ministry, Datuk Mohd Mahadzir Khir had on April 4 said in the
parliament that the ministry did not issue any directive requiring female
non-Muslim students of the International Islamic University to wear tudung.
However, the Discipline of students Rules 1084 of IIU , under rules of
attire for female students clearly stated that "the attire should cover the
whole body except the face and palms", and rule 2.4.1 stated that " the head
cover should properly cover the head and does not reveal the hair, neck,
chest and shoulders".
Mahadzir challenged DAP to show proof that non-Muslim female students at the
IIU have been forced to wear tudung. We now provide him with proof and we
expect him to response immediately what is he going to do to prove that the
ministry and the Barisan National government are sensitive to the religious
and cultural rights of the non-Muslim female students.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Mahathir had accused some over jealous public
servants "hijacked" national schools by introducing Islamic values into the
schools resulted non-Muslim parents did not want to sent their children to
national schools. Could the IIU case another "hijack" by certain offiers in
* Chong Eng,
MP for Bukit Mertajam and DAP Women