Exam questions and Racism: Parent started a joke, which started a fierce chain reaction…

Sarah Lian, “A statement like ‘Devi does not belong in a church’ is not really true. But a Christian attends church, now that’s true.”



Screen capture of one in a series of slides that BTN used to show that racism can unite a race for a ‘good purpose’.

Malay Mail Online: The National Civics Bureau (BTN) has been “caught with its pants down”!

2 April 2017

16h16 hours ago

Deputy minister: Syllabus touches on religion, but thorny question not by ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — Primary school students are taught about different religions as part of the national school syllabus, but an allegedly “racist” question that triggered controversy was not from the Education Ministry, a deputy minister said today.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon acknowledged, however, that the question from a local primary school in Petaling Jaya — which asked students to match names to places of worship — did revolve around the content from the ministry’s Moral Education text.

“Content of multi-religion in this country is the content of MOE textbook, but question was not set by MOE,” he told Malay Mail Online.


Left: A page from a workbook which requires names of four persons to be matched to names of religion. — Picture courtesy of V Suresh Kumar
Right: A page from a Moral Education textbook approved by the Education of Ministry where names of religions are matched to names of places of worship. — Picture courtesy of V Suresh Kumar

Malay Mail Online also showed Chong two pages from workbooks with similar themes as the official text, but Chong confirmed these were not from the ministry.

One of the workbooks asked students to match the names of Chandran, Azalea, Bernard and Mooi Hai to the words “Kristian, Hindu, Islam, Buddha”.

The other workbook — which depicts four children named Li Jun, Darshini, Prawit, Sanggeeta Kaur and illustrations of their way of worship — requires students to choose the appropriate names of places of worship, namely a Chinese temple, Hindu temple, gurdwara and church.

A page from a workbook asking students to match four named persons and the way they worship to the names of their places of worship.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/deputy-minister-syllabus-touches-on-religion-but-thorny-question-not-by-min?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.a3R8zUYW.dpuf

31 March 2017


Deputy minister says checking if racial typecasting from national syllabus


KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 ― Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said he is verifying if a primary school test question that drew complaints of racial stereotyping is from the national school syllabus.

When contacted by Malay Mail Online regarding the issue at a primary school in Petaling Jaya, Chong said he was uncertain the material was gleaned from officials texts.

“I’m checking if that’s our textbook,” he said

However, Chong expressed disagreement with questions that sought to typecast the country’s multiracial community.

He also said it was presumptuous to guess an individual’s faith based solely on names.

“Ah Chong can be a Buddhist, Taoist or Christian and that is well known in this country.

“I urge schools to be more sensitive and careful when they set questions,” said Chong, who is also MCA Youth chief.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/deputy-minister-says-checking-if-racial-typecasting-from-national-syllabus?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.bSKFVnM4.dpuf


2h2 hours ago
Parent defends school against racism charge


PETALING JAYA: A parent has come out to clear the air in the case of a national primary school here which has been accused of racism over a question on a moral test that his daughter sat for.

The father, who wished to be known as Arvin Gold, said the allegations of racism were the unfortunate result of an innocent joke that had quickly turned sour.

He had posted on his Facebook page the test question which asked the students to match names to houses of worship. The names Devi, Hock Lee, Kamal, and Steve were to be correctly matched with a church, Hindu temple, Buddhist temple and mosque.

The post went viral after actress Sarah Lian, who is a family friend, shared it on Instagram.

The post went viral after actress Sarah Lian, who is a family friend, shared it on Instagram.

In the photograph Lian shared, Arvin’s daughter had matched Devi with the church, Steve with the Hindu temple, Kamal with the Buddhist temple and Hock Lee with the mosque.

The examiner had marked all the answers wrong, and that was what caused anger in the Internet community.

Arvin, however, is of the opinion that it is unfair to blame the school and the teachers. He said they had actually done a great job of establishing racial harmony among the schoolchildren.

“It started off as a joke on my Facebook page and my friend (Lian) asked if she could share it and I said ‘sure’.

“But things started getting out of hand and now people are blaming the school and the teachers and I don’t think that’s right because they’re just following the syllabus and the textbook.”

He surmised that the question was based on a principle of the Rukun Negara, which was “belief in God”.

“The question takes note that Hindus go to the Hindu temple, Buddhists go to the Buddhist temple, Christians go to the church and Muslims go to the mosque, and that is not wrong.

“I think the test paper wanted the students to think out of the box and instead of naming the religions straight out, it gave instead the various houses of worship and the typical names of the followers of the religions.”

30 March 2017


6h6 hours ago

Minister: Punish teacher over racial typecasting in test paper

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — Minister in charge of national unity Tan Sri Joseph Kurup today urged the Education Ministry to punish a teacher for allegedly promoting racial and religious stereotypes using a primary school’s moral examination paper.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department also denounced the typecasting that was exposed by a local actress, and said the incident merited careful investigation by the Education Ministry.

“This recent incident as exposed via social media warrants concerns from the relevant authority, especially the Ministry of Education, because if the case was genuine and left unchecked, the younger generation will be seriously misguided into accepting racial and religious stereotyping as justified and allowed.

“And the teacher who came up with such a misguided notion should be disciplined for such misleading and plain wrong teaching of our kids that one can just assume one’s religion by merely looking at one’s name,” he said in a statement.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/minister-punish-teacher-over-racial-typecasting-in-test-paper?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.abQ2hFCP.dpuf


6h6 hours ago

Simon Thong Retweeted The Star

Wiser than that teacher LOL 😂

Simon Thong added,

29 March 2017


5h5 hours ago

According to this teacher, someone named “Devi” must go to a Hindu temple, Hock Lee to a Buddhist one, Steve to church & Kamal to a mosque.


Actress complains of racial stereotyping in school test


3h3 hours ago

My friend’s 7yr old daughter apparently scored badly. And you wonder who makes kids racist and stereotypical???…

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