Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today that Putrajaya will now monitor closely all activities during the “Solidarity With Palestine” week in schools after several students and teachers were shown in photos and videos using toy firearms as props.
“We will not force any schools to participate in it, but we must control what’s happening.
“We in the Cabinet spoke about it, we encourage it, but it must be controlled so it doesn’t get out of control,” he said when met by reporters.
Earlier, photos of students and teachers brandishing toy firearms while carrying the Palestine flags and wearing the Palestinian keffiyeh scarves went viral, prompting backlash from some in the public.
Malay Mail is seeking comments from the Education Ministry and minister Fadhlina Sidek over the matter.
Yesterday, the ministry justified the decision to hold the Palestine Solidarity Week at all education institutions nationwide to teach students about humanitarian values such as empathy and concern towards the suffering experienced by others regardless of their background.
Calling it a necessary intervention to be implemented among students, the ministry said the programme is in support of the Malaysian government’s stance to continue together defending the rights and freedom of the Palestinian people.
This comes as 17 civil society groups in Sarawak voiced their disagreement with the Education Ministry’s instruction for all government education institutions to observe a solidarity week in support of the Palestinian cause. – MMO