School principal apologizes for racial sports policy
PETALING JAYA: Principal of Dato ‘Bentara Luar High School in Johor has apologized for implementing racial and gender restrictions on recording extracurricular activities at the school.
Abdul Razak Hamid, in a statement this evening, admitted that the school had overlooked the information in the registration form for extracurricular activities distributed to Form 1 students, which touched on racial sensitivity.
Previously, he had defended the movement, telling the FMT that the “conditions” were necessary due to the lack of sports facilities for the students.
“We never intended to trigger this problem (on the race) at all. The school will continue to grow stronger and comply with government policies and instructions, ”he said today.
He said the school had since corrected the error, adding that it would also be removing an online registration form uploaded through “Google Forms” on April 15 for improvements.
“The re-registrations will be done in the near future by distributing the registration form for sports activities and clubs to all students, and students will be able to choose the sport and club that interests them,” he said.
However, this will still be subject to restrictions on the number of participants which will be set by the school, so that student participation will be balanced in terms of quantity, race and gender.
According to the note initially published by the school on registration for extracurricular activities, students’ sports choices were limited to their race.
Football and sepak takraw were open to “Malaysian men only”, while the basketball club was open to “Chinese men and women”.
Hockey, meanwhile, was only open to students living in dormitories, while only Malaysian girls could join the netball club.
Sports such as handball, bowling, petanque and badminton were however open to everyone.
The policy was rescinded today by Deputy Education Minister Mah Hang Soon, who called it the school principal’s error because it contradicts the national education plan.
Education Minister Radzi Jidin said that sports have proven to be effective in promoting and strengthening racial unity in the country and that these efforts should not be wasted on establishing a policy of racial segregation for extracurricular activities in the country. ‘school.
As such, he said he was shocked and saddened by the decision by a high school in Johor to separate sports based on race.