Minister: Religious teachers’ intake in Sarawak just temporary

Muslim schoolgirls sit in a circle around their religious teacher as they recite verses from the Quran on the occasion of ‘Nuzul Quran’ in Putrajaya on July 26, 2013. — Reuters pic
Muslim schoolgirls sit in a circle around their religious teacher as they recite verses from the Quran on the occasion of ‘Nuzul Quran’ in Putrajaya on July 26, 2013. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — The move to bring in 401 Islamic education teachers to Sarawak is only an interim step to address the lack of teachers in that subject, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said.

The education minister wrote on his Facebook page today that it was agreed that the intake of temporary teachers be opened to teachers from Sabah and the peninsula besides Sarawak.

“This interim intake will not involve teachers in other subjects. This recruitment is only for a certain period until there are enough candidates within the state,” he wrote.

Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen had last week condemned the move, claiming that there were many qualified Muslims in the state that could do the job.

He also claimed that Muslims in Sarawak have better relationship with those of other faiths, alleging that bringing in Islamic education teachers from other states would jeopardise Sarawak’s religious harmony.

PAS vice president Idris Ahmad took a swipe at Chong for making such a statement, saying that his remarks could be detrimental to Pakatan Harapan allies.

Because of this, Idris said other Pakatan parties could experience difficulties when contesting in Malay majority seats.

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