Education Ministry says didn’t set question gauging religions’ stand on graft


Chong said that all religions carry anti-corruption teachings. ― Picture by Choo Choy May


KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — A controversial test question asking students to state which religion most conformed to a statement against corruption was not issued by the Education Ministry, Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon has said.

Chong reportedly said the test question was written by a teacher in a secondary school in Sarawak for a test paper at the school, adding that the ministry has since issued a warning to the teacher and that the matter has been rectified.

According to Sin Chew Daily, Chong said the teacher should not have made comparisons between four different religions, in light of the religious freedom practised in Malaysia.

Chong also said that all religions carry anti-corruption teachings.

While noting that the teacher had drawn up the test question using the ministry’s Moral Studies curriculum and that the curriculum itself was not problematic, Chong said the teacher should have avoided religious overtones.

He said the matter, which Sin Chew said involved a Form 2 teacher, has been resolved.

The test question, which was posted online last Tuesday by a Facebook user identified as Musa Ngog Tbs, drew controversy and criticism.

It asked students to identify which religion — Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism — held the view that bribes should not be taken as corruption hides the truth.

Source: Malay Mail