Muslim and non-muslim cups? A mini ‘Apartheid’ in Malaysia? In a school?

The photo that shocked a nation…

FMT’s visit to the school on 10 August 2017 showed that the labelled cups placed at the water dispenser existed, as seen in pictures that have gone viral.


11 August 2017


MIC furious school defending policy of labelling cups

August 11, 2017

Head of MIC’s education bureau Ganesan Seerangam, is furious school’s principal is still defending segregation of drinking cups on grounds of hygiene although labels have been removed.

PETALING JAYA: An MIC leader left a meeting with the headmistress of a primary school feeling furious that she was still defending the practice of segregating drinking cups for Muslim and non-Muslim students as necessary on grounds of hygiene.

Ganesan Seerangam, who heads MIC’s education bureau, said Nora Yahya, the headmistress of Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Puteri in Hulu Langat, Selangor, had told him that the ruling was to protect the hygiene of Muslim students.

“The headmistress reasoned that some students bring non-halal food and the move was to maintain the hygiene of the Muslim students,” Ganesan told FMT.

Ganesan said Nora not only refused to put an end to the practice, but was also “supportive of the instruction which was made by the previous headmistress”.

Nora took over as headmistress last July, replacing Roslinda Kamis.

But Roslinda had earlier denied that she was behind the practice of labelling cups as “Muslim” and “non-Muslim”.

“Pupils usually just drink off the water dispenser. During my time, there was no such labelling,” she told FMT today.

School removes ‘Muslim’, ‘non-Muslim’ labels on cups after social media furore

Low Han Shaun

THE labels separating cups for Muslims and non-Muslim pupils in a Selangor school have been removed after a picture of the labelled utensils went viral and caused a furore.

The Malaysian Insight visited the primary school in Taman Puteri in Hulu Langat today and found the pupils largely unaffected by the change and certainly unaware of the anger and tension the labels had caused.

The pupils said the cups were placed next to the water dispenser in the corridor.

Asked why the cups were labelled, some pupils said they had no idea and were just obeying the rules.

The racks where the plastic cups are placed above the water dispenser no longer carry the labels, which have been replaced by a notice: “Sila cuci gelas ini selepas digunakan dan letakkan di tempat yang disediakan” (Please wash the cups after use and put them back on the rack).

The Malaysian Insight took a photo of the new labels but was reprimanded by a teacher and was told to leave, and was escorted out of the school. The teacher also ensured that the photo was deleted.

Mufti slams school’s cup rule as racist

August 11, 2017

Harussani Zakaria says the practice has no basis in Islam.

PETALING JAYA: The Perak mufti has slammed a primary school’s policy of having separate cups for its Muslim and non-Muslim students, saying the practice was not only unfounded in Islam but also smacked of racism and hate.

“Why must we discriminate?” asked Harussani Zakaria when contacted by FMT.

“This should not have happened. We should know the ruling. Don’t be too rigid that others would begin despising us. Islam pays importance to human relations,” he said.

Checks by FMT at Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Puteri in Hulu Langat yesterday confirmed pictures posted online showing cups placed at a drinking water dispenser labeled “Muslim” and “non-Muslim”.

The school has 219 Malay and 145 non-Malay pupils.


Former headmistress denies allegations on labelled cups

August 11, 2017

Roslinda Kamis claims the policy of segregating cups for Muslim and non-Muslim students was not implemented during her time.

PETALING JAYA: The former headmistress of a school currently mired in controversy over its policy of segregating cups for Muslim and non-Muslim students has denied issuing any such directive.

“I’m not the one responsible for the labels. Pupils usually just drink off the water dispenser. During my time, there was no such labelling,” Roslinda Kamis told FMT.

Her denial came a day after FMT reported that the policy was implemented during Roslinda’s time as headmistress.

But Roslinda, who was transferred to another school in the capital last month after a four-year stint at Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Puteri in Hulu Langat, said the allegations were baseless.


Storm in a cup over segregation

PETALING JAYA: A school in Hulu Langat has been forcing its non-Muslim and Muslim pupils to drink from separate cups, earning flak from many concerned Malaysians.

A news portal reported that the primary school in Selangor has cups labelled “murid Islam” and “murid bukan Islam” placed next to a water dispenser.

According to the report, a school canteen operator said the separate cups have been used since last year, under the previous school principal who has since been transferred.
In response to an outcry over the issue which has gone viral, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon stressed that “national schools are for all Malaysians and should not separate our children based on religion.”

He also said that he will direct the Selangor Education Department to check on the matter.

Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) founder Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the school should reverse the ruling.

“If there are certain quarters who have an issue with it (drinking from cups used by others), they can ask their children to bring their own cups and drinks.

However, Noor Azimah felt that imposing one’s religious values on others is not the way forward, especially for children.

Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) vice-president Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said he could not understand the reasoning behind the segregation.

“This is crazy. Even from the Islamic point of view, you are not supposed to ask more than what you see, there is a verse in the Quran for this,” said the Parit Buntar MP.

The MCA Religious Harmony Bureau has called on the Education Ministry to immediately order the school to halt the practice.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said the current head or administrator of SK Taman Puteri must apologise to all students and parents for the “discriminatory” practice.

10 August 2017

School’s policy of separate cups for Muslims and non-Muslims draws ire

August 10, 2017

The practice started last year and parents are not pleased.

HULU LANGAT: A policy of segregating drinking cups in a primary school in Selangor has threatened to spark yet another controversy involving the treatment of non-Muslim students in government schools.

FMT’s visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Puteri in Hulu Langat showed cups placed next to a drinking water dispenser at one of the school’s block were labelled “Muslim” and “non-Muslim”.

School authorities refused to comment when asked for a response, but a canteen worker said, on condition of anonymity, that the practice began last year under the school’s principal, who has since been transferred after a four-year tenure.

Attempts to get comments from the education ministry, including Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan, also failed.

Parent Madhavi expressed shock over the policy, while school bus operator Chitra Devi said the practice should be stopped as children of all communities should “eat and play together”.

“Money changes hands from non-Muslims to Muslims and vice-versa. So this shouldn’t be practised,” she added.




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