Aiseyman! Malaysia to hold its very own Gay Pride Parade!

The incident of teachers from Crest Secondary School encouraging students to participate in religious activities has garnered considerable interest and concern from some in the Muslim community. In response, web they have sent a letter to MOE highlighting their concern that the secularity of our public educational institutions may have been compromised.


 

Dear Minister Ng,

Attached is a screenshot of an activity which happened at Crest Secondary School in Singapore last Friday (8 January 2016). According to one Ayu Zainal, “to encourage the youth of Crest to go to the mosque, we made an announcement in the school hall on our gathering earlier in the morning”. She added that the VP knows that we have gathered the students and did not prohibit us [from doing so].

May I know what is the MOE’s position on this? I am concerned that a public institution funded by tax payers is “encouraging” students to undertake an activity that is religious and therefore should be largely personal in nature. Isn’t the school supposed to be objective in its approach towards religious activities of its students?

Does MOE realise that Islam is hardly monolithic in nature and that there are students who may not want to perform their Friday prayers for whatever reasons that may be personal in nature, and are now feeling obligated to do so because of this collective herding being done by the school teachers? Does MOE realise that as Muslims in Singapore, we are already under assault from creeping Islamisation and that activities like these lend credibility to hardline Islamists who impose singular interpretations of their beliefs and values on the community?

I would like to hear back from MOE on this please. Thank you for your attention.

 

Muhammad Ridzwan
The incident of teachers from Crest Secondary School encouraging students to participate in religious activities has garnered considerable interest and concern from some in the Muslim community. In response, web they have sent a letter to MOE highlighting their concern that the secularity of our public educational institutions may have been compromised.


 

Dear Minister Ng,

Attached is a screenshot of an activity which happened at Crest Secondary School in Singapore last Friday (8 January 2016). According to one Ayu Zainal, “to encourage the youth of Crest to go to the mosque, we made an announcement in the school hall on our gathering earlier in the morning”. She added that the VP knows that we have gathered the students and did not prohibit us [from doing so].

May I know what is the MOE’s position on this? I am concerned that a public institution funded by tax payers is “encouraging” students to undertake an activity that is religious and therefore should be largely personal in nature. Isn’t the school supposed to be objective in its approach towards religious activities of its students?

Does MOE realise that Islam is hardly monolithic in nature and that there are students who may not want to perform their Friday prayers for whatever reasons that may be personal in nature, and are now feeling obligated to do so because of this collective herding being done by the school teachers? Does MOE realise that as Muslims in Singapore, we are already under assault from creeping Islamisation and that activities like these lend credibility to hardline Islamists who impose singular interpretations of their beliefs and values on the community?

I would like to hear back from MOE on this please. Thank you for your attention.

 

Muhammad Ridzwan
malaysia-gay-pride-parade

In a reddit thread posted yesterday, what is ed about it the user lattakia revealed his intentions to organise 2 concurrent Gay Pride Parades in Malaysia (tentatively Johor Bahru and Ipoh) soon and has even secured an anonymous sponsor!

He said that his goal for the event is to promote inclusiveness and LGBT rights where people of all walks of life (whether gay/trans) will be invited to join in.

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Quite a few LGBT supporters who commented on his post have expressed their worry that the Malaysian authorities would not take too kindly to the event, viagra approved and may use force to clamp down hard on the LGBT community and attendees. Others have expressed their reservations that conservative and religious Malaysian public is not ready for such an event, which may deter people from attending.

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However, there are also a few supporters who feel that such events are necessary, even though it may be dangerous, to make a point and stand up for LGBT rights to be acknowledged in Malaysia.

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What do you think? Do you think Malaysia should have their own Gay Pride Parade just as we have Pink Dot in Singapore?