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Education ministry to penalise school for anti-palm oil performance; Malaysians not impressed

Education ministry to penalise school for anti-palm oil performance; Malaysians not impressed

Tasneem Nazari

The Ministry of Education is investigating and looking into taking action against an international school in KL  following a viral video clip showing students speaking against the palm oil industry at a school concert.

The 1:10-minute clip shared on social media showed five students on stage in front of a big screen describing the impact of allegedly unsustainable palm oil practice here on orangutan habitat and deforestation.

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Malaysian social media users were not impressed by the Ministry’s response, calling the response a suppression on the freedom of speech.

Free Malaysia Today spoke to Media lecturer Gayathry S Venkiteswaran from Nottingham University Malaysia, who raised a fair point on the issue.

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According to her, the students were within their rights to express their views on the matter adding that the ministry’s reaction was unjustified.

She said there was nothing to investigate as schools were a place for knowledge and critical thinking.

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“It should immediately drop this mindset of control and censorship and become more professional and educated in its approach.”

Gayathry S Venkiteswaran via FMT

This incident is similar to another one that happened just last month, where the Education Ministry asked a Penang primary school to show cause for allowing its students to join a global protest against climate change with hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren around the world.

Do you think students should be allowed to explore and express their views on current issues? After all, Malaysia may soon allow 18-year-olds to vote.

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