The Education Ministry has decided to put a lid on the controversy of non-Muslim pupils using the shower room as a makeshift canteen during Ramadan.
secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Deputy Education Minister II P
Kamalanathan closed the case involving Sk Seri Pristana in Sungai Buloh
in "nervous haste".
Lim said the parents want an answer to the "inconsistencies and self-contradictions in facts and events" surrounding the matter.
"All Malaysians want the truth and nothing but the truth to be revealed before they are convinced by Kamalanathan's claims that this is not an issue related to race or religion," he added in a statement.
Penang chief minister said that such hastiness in closing the
controversy would be seen as a "cover-up" unless Kamalanathan can
explain why the parents were not informed since March this year that the
canteen would be relocated to the shower room because of renovations.
why were there no signs of renovation of the canteen? If the renovation
has been only recently completed, why was the canteen not reopened?"
"Lastly, how can Kamalanathan fail to address the
parents' complaints that their children were only asked to eat in the
makeshift canteen in the shower room two days into Ramadan?" he further
Those responsible must be punished
said that while it was one thing to resolve the issue, equally
important was punishing those responsible for the matter so that such
incidents do not recur.
added that the public wanted to know how it happened in the first place
because it is "humiliating" for children to eat in a shower room.
Lim said a strong message must be sent that civil servants must respect the sensitivities and rights of all communities.
to do so will only accelerate the negative perception that the
sensitivities and rights of non-Muslims can be trampled upon without
punishment," he said.
"Such negative perception can easily turn to a feeling of victimisation by non-Muslims," he added.
said the party was "saddened" by pictures of policemen with heavy
weapons standing guard outside the school, holding back angry parents
and their friends.
"Do Malaysian schools have to deteriorate to
this level where policemen with weapons are required to stand guard
outside not to protect the school against criminals but against angry
parents seeking answers and justice?" he ask