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Pas needs to be schooled on multicultural living

Those who have an insatiable appetite to exploit issues for political gain should exercise restraint during the blessed month of Ramadan

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Aliran is deeply concerned that Pas has found it necessary to make an issue out of the Ministry of Education’s recent directive to school canteens to open for business during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. 

This is an unnecessary issue, especially in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society such as ours – where the people, including schoolchildren, should exercise mutual respect for each other’s rights and responsibilities.

It is divisive for Pas to raise such an issue, which flies in the face of the party’s “Pas for all” slogan.

While the Muslims’ observance of fasting should be respected and appreciated, so too should the right of non-Muslims to eat at the school canteen.

It would not diminish the importance of fasting if the canteens are encouraged to operate during this period. If anything, it would enhance the religious devotion of the Muslim students and reinforce the forbearance expected of them during the fasting month.

Any move to disallow school canteen operators from operating during Ramadan would be tantamount to being insensitive to the basic rights and needs of non-Muslims.

Those who have an insatiable appetite to exploit issues for political gain should exercise restraint during the blessed month of Ramadan.

Aliran executive committee
14 March 2024

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Orang Ulu
Orang Ulu
17 Mar 2024 7.17pm

Not only PAS to be schooled in multi cultural living. Every Malaysian including Aliran editors.

Leonorah Torebratt
Leonorah Torebratt
16 Mar 2024 6.43pm

What a fanatical political party! This is not Iran or Afghanistan!

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