Siti Kasim: Objection against Maszlee not personal, but religious-centric teaching must go

Ram Anand
Siti Kasim raised objections to the appointment of Maszlee, citing his background as an Islamic scholar. ― Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 ― Activist and lawyer Siti Kasim today said that her objections against Maszlee Malik's appointment as Education Minister was not personal, but driven by her belief that religious-centric teaching in the country should be stopped in schools.

Siti Kasim raised objections to the appointment of Maszlee, citing his background as an Islamic scholar.

She said that she had met Maszlee a lot during forums, but his answers on education did not convince her that he would do the necessary job.

“So it’s not the answer that we want, as somebody who is in charge of our young ones, we want somebody to commit himself to try and reduce the religious-centric nature in our school,” she said.

She said that the teaching system causes division among races.

“I see the destruction happening at schools and i see the products of these schools,” she added.

She also stressed that she did not have an issue with politicians with religious backgrounds holding other portfolios in the government.

“Why don’t i make noise about them? (Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Mohamad Sabu) Purely because they are not shaping the minds of our young-the one who is in charge of our education department is so important,” she added.