SMK Bandar Puchong 1: Its CNY decorations come under attack from Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (PUTRA) vice-president and lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz…

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The cabinet today has rebuked the act of certain quarters in playing up racist and extremist sentiments over Chinese New Year decorations at a school in Puchong.

“The cabinet in its meeting today chaired by the prime minister looks seriously upon the action by certain parties who played up racist and religious issues by lodging a police report against Chinese New Year decorations at SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1, Selangor.

“It is not religious and it is not a method of spreading religion,” said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement today.

This comes after Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) vice-president Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz lodged a police report against the school for its Chinese New Year decorations.

The lawyer had claimed that he received complaints from parents, who felt it was an attempt to propagate non-Islamic beliefs for Muslim students.

The PMO said it is normal to put up decorations for a celebration be it Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and so on, as Malaysia is a multi-cultural country.

“We have to respect each other because differences in customs and cultures among the society is a valuable asset for the country.

“The cabinet does not agree at all with the racist and extremist behaviour of certain parties because it will damage the racial unity in this country,” PMO said.

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The police did not order but merely advised SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1 to remove the Chinese New Year decorations, said Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching.

Teo (photo, centre) added that the police advice was meant to de-escalate the situation after Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) vice-president Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz wrote a letter to the school claiming that the decorations were contravening the Federal Constitution for having religious connotations.

“It was an advice from the police, but I believe after a full investigation we have upheld the principle that schools are for us to celebrate all festivals.

“After the investigation, the decorations were no longer deemed a threat to any religious or racial issues. The cabinet meeting also ensured that this is the government’s stand,” Teo said to reporters after visiting the school this evening.

Aside from Teo, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and six other cabinet ministers – Lim Guan Eng, Xavier Jayakumar, Saifuddin Abdullah, Syed Saddiq Syed Ibrahim, Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Gobind Singh Deo, also visited the school.

Earlier, Teo was also asked to explain the school’s decision to remove the lanterns which were hung in the school vicinity.

She further explained that it was not an order, but merely an advice in the hope that it would not turn into a bigger issue.

Teo also confirmed that there have been no official complaints against two teachers from the school, who supposedly support Putra’s stand.

“Until now, we have not received any complaints. If there are any complaints, we will look into it,” she said.

This morning, a message which purportedly came from two teachers from the school went viral on social media, specifically among parents of the school’s students.

The message, which was sighted by Malaysiakini, supposedly saw the two teachers uploading several messages on social media in support of Putra’s statement that the decorations should be removed.

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Lawyer: Puchong school principal claims CNY deco unapproved, to be taken down

 

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The principal of SMK Bandar Puchong 1 was said to have promised to take down all the Chinese New Year decoration at the school, following complaints from Muslim parents and a threat from PUTRA. — Picture via Twitter/BuzzeAzam

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 — The principal of SMK Bandar Puchong 1 was said to have promised to take down all the Chinese New Year decoration at the school, following complaints from Muslim parents and a threat from Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (PUTRA).

PUTRA’s vice-president and lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz said he received a reply from Rohani Mohd Noor through an email, in which the principal said she was not consulted before the decoration were put up — despite being the principal herself.

He said she told him the parties responsible have been informed, and promised to take down the decoration.

“With regards to the excessive decorations for Chinese New Year involving SMK Bandar Puchong 1 yesterday, the matter is now settled,” said Mohd Khairul said on his Twitter account.

“The school’s principal has given us her explanation today, and we were made to understand that little by little the decorations will be taken down,” he added, while sharing a snapshot of the supposed email.

Malay Mail has yet to verify the authenticity of the reply, as the principal cannot be reached at the time of writing.

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Berkaitan teguran PUTRA terhadap perhiasan keterlaluan sambutan Tahun Baru Cina di SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1 semalam, isu itu telah selesai.

Pengetua Sekolah telah memberikan penjelasan dan hari ini di fahamkan sedikit demi sedikit perhiasan itu telah di turun kan.

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Yesterday, Mohd Khairul demanded the school remove all the decorations and accused the decoration of being “unconstitutional” and claimed that Muslim parents had complained against what they saw as an attempt to propagate a non-Islam religion to students.

He gave the school three days to remove all the decorations or he would report them to the authorities.

Despite his and the purported parents’ claim, the Chinese New Year is not a religious celebration, and is also celebrated by Muslims in the Chinese community. Nor did the decorations contain any religious elements.

Malay Mail is seeking comments from the school, Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, and deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching over the threat.

Most recently, the lawyer had challenged the constitutionality of vernacular schools in the country.

Last month, he had again filed a lawsuit to seek declarations from the High Court that Section 28 and Section 17 of the Education Act are inconsistent with Article 152 of the Federal Constitution.

His first attempt to do so failed; the Federal Court ruled last month that such challenges to the existence of vernacular schools must first be made in the High Court.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/01/07/lawyer-puchong-school-principal-claims-cny-deco-unapproved-to-be-taken-down/1825590

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Claiming ‘religious’ display, Malay party veep threatens Puchong school to take down CNY deco

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 — Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (PUTRA) vice-president and lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz has threatened to report a public school in Puchong recently over its supposedly “religious” Chinese New Year decoration.

The lawyer accused the decoration of being “unconstitutional” and claimed that Muslim parents had complained against what they saw as an attempt to propagate a non-Islam religion to students in the SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1 in Pusat Bandar Puchong.

“The complaints we’ve received show unease at the excessive Chinese New Year 2020 decorations in your school. Some parents say the school looks like a Chinese-owned market with religious elements on display that are other than Islam.

“This is distressing for the Muslim students and is also against Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution,” Mohd Khairul said in a letter sent to the school’s principal Rohani Mohd Nor and shared on his Twitter account.

He did not provide any proof of the complaints.

Article 3(1) states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation”.

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Aduan Ibubapa SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1 berkaitan perhiasan perayaan CNY yang menyakitkan mata dan bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan

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“Your actions in allowing these excessive decorations for celebrating a Chinese religious festival in a public school is also against Article 12(3) of the Federal Constitution which states ‘no person shall be required to receive instruction in or to take part in any ceremony or act of worship of a religion other than his own’.”

“Your actions are also a method of spreading the teachings of other religions among the Muslim students which is against Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution. PUTRA gives you three days to remove all the Chinese religious decorations from the school beginning from the day of this letter,” he demanded.

Article 11(4) restricts the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.

Despite his and the purported parents’ claim, the Chinese New Year is not a religious celebration, and is also celebrated by Muslims in the Chinese community. Nor did the decorations contain any religious elements.

Malay Mail is seeking comments from the school, Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, and deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching over the threat.

Most recently, the lawyer had challenged the constitutionality of vernacular schools in the country.

Last month, he had again filed a lawsuit to seek declarations from the High Court that Section 28 and Section 17 of the Education Act are inconsistent with Article 152 of the Federal Constitution.

His first attempt to do so failed; the Federal Court ruled last month that such challenges to the existence of vernacular schools must first be made in the High Court.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/01/07/claiming-religious-display-malay-party-veep-threatens-puchong-school-to-tak/1825560

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