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The state education department condemn force conversion into another religion

Sabah Education Department Director Datuk Jame Alip (left) showing several pictures during a meeting between the student and her father set up by the schools. - Photo SayangSabah
Sabah Education Department Director Datuk Jame Alip (left) showing several pictures during a meeting between the student and her father arranged by the schools. – Photo SayangSabah

KOTA KINABALU – No action will be taken to the warden involved in the so-called alleged of “Islamisation” of the SMK Kinarut 16-year-old Christian student’s case recently.

This was disclosed today by the Sabah Education Department Director Datuk Jame Alip to the media during a press conference held at the department, here today.

“We found out that there was no mass conversion and there is no coercion as claimed. We had called up the warden to investigate on this issue and we found out that the student voluntarily met the warden and recited the ‘Kalimah Syahadah’,” he said.

He disclosed that the student had many Muslim friends and believed they may have influenced her or taught her how to perform the Syahadah.

Investigation revealed no wrongdoing by both warden and principal so no action will be taken against them.

“The principal was not aware on the situation and that is why she had not informed the student’s parents,” he added.

Jame informed reporters that the warden had transferred to another district last year and investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing.

He also stressed that the department takes matter seriously when it comes to any wrongful religious conversion in school.

“Teachers must respect any religions. Their job is to teach and provide a positive environment for students. We condemn any forced religious conversion activities in schools,” he said, adding that actions will be taken against teachers who go against this norm.

Underage individuals need the consent from their parents before converting into Islam.  However in religious law, performing the Syahada alone is sufficient to make an individual become Muslim. – SayangSabah

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