UTM to fix erroneous claims on 'dirty' Hindus
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia will amend a teaching module which includes erroneous claims about Hinduism and Sikhism, said Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanthan.
He said the vice-chancellor admitted there were mistakes and the module would be "corrected expeditiously".
"I also asked him to please ensure that such errors are not repeated as they can cause confusion and hurt in some segments of students besides not being factual.
"He has totally agreed to my suggestion," Kamalanthan said in a statement on his Facebook page.
This comes after screenshots of the module slides bearing UTM's logo went viral on social media.
The slides showed that UTM students were taught that Hindus preferred to be "dirty", and that the presence of Islam taught former Hindu followers "manners in life".
It stated that "some Hindu followers believe dirt on the body is a form of ritual which could lead to the attainment of nirvana".
Another slide claimed that Sikhism is a combination of Hindu and Islam, but its founder had a shallow understanding of Islam.
While it is not stated on the slide, it is believed that this is part of the Tamadun Islam and Tamadun Asia (Islamic and Asian Civilisation) module compulsory for all undergraduates at public universities.
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