Thursday, June 16, 2016

There must be zero tolerance and compromise on the UTM‘s lecturer’s derogatory remarks against Hinduism and Sikhism

Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, MP for Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Ipoh on 17th June, 2016

There must be zero tolerance and compromise on the UTM‘s lecturer’s derogatory remarks against Hinduism and Sikhism

Although the Vice Chancellor of UTM (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Prof Dr Wahid Omar took the right and necessary step to express the university’s utmost regret and deep remorse for the lack of sensitivity on the part of their lecturers teaching the Titas (Tamadun Islam Tamadun Asia – Asian and Islamic Civilisation) subject, it must be stressed that this will not be sufficient for the act committed by the lecturer.

If the lecturer has made a factual error, then he is simply not qualified to teach and his employment with the university should be terminated.
If he has ill intent and has purposely deviated from the course‘s stated objective of promoting national harmony, then all the more reason that his service should be terminated.

There must be zero tolerance on such unprofessional insensitive, provocative and insulting act happening at a university where students are to acquire knowledge, skills and learn about truths.

Hence, there must be zero compromise on such an act and whoever was involved must face the sack by the university.

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has previously called on Malaysians to unite against extremism.

The Education Ministry should therefore come out with a statement denouncing such act to show to Malaysians that the government views seriously such an act that has hurt the feelings of the Hindu and Sikh community.

Unless tough action is taken against the lecturer involved, I will pursue the issue in the coming parliamentary meeting.

There have been police reports lodged against the act and I hope the Police will also investigate if the act is a bigger issue tha!t Malaysians should worry, that is, the presence of religious extremists in our universities.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Malaysia Kini news :- ‘Umno more complicit on hudud than DAP’

DAP national vice-chair M Kulasegaran contended that Umno was more complicit on hudud than that DAP’s dalliance with PAS had encouraged the latter’s obduracy on the Islamic penal code.

The Ipoh Barat MP said this in rebutting MIC president S Subramaniam’s argument that DAP could not absolve itself of responsibility for the tabling of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s bill on hudud in Parliament on May 26.

Subramaniam had deployed this argument while campaigning in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections, where he said that DAP had all along known of PAS’s true nature and chose to be irresponsibly negligent on the threat.

“There’s nothing wrong is believing in a progressive mind-set and trusting to its beneficial effects over time and among peoples,” said Kulasegaran in rebuttal.

“We knew PAS had its progressives and its conservatives. What grave fault can there be in trusting to the triumph of religious moderation over literalism, progress over obscurantism?” argued the federal legislator.

He said that Subramaniam’s tarring of Amanah with the same brush as PAS was as blind as his attribution of willfulness to DAP’s dalliance with PAS in the Pakatan Rakyat phase of opposition politics.

“Amanah would not have been formed if there were no political differences between the progressives and the conservatives of the former PAS,” observed Kula.

“That DAP is now in collaboration with Amanah is a continuation of our belief in the hope of moderation’s eventual triumph over religious literalism,” he said.

“In the end, this is a more sustainable and credible stance than MIC’s persistence with an Umno that plays fast and loose with fundamental tenets of our constitution,” he commented.

“DAP does not play fast and loose on fundamentals. We persuade, cajole and, then, when it is no go, we go separate ways.

“That’s what we have done with PAS, but MIC leaves itself hostage to Umno’s view of where its survival lies. That's the big difference between us,” maintained Kula.