Hornbill Unleashed

September 2, 2016

Non-Sarawakian principal bars Christian symbols in school

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

Edward-LuwakParents and local community leaders in Serian, Sarawak have criticised a principal of a local secondary school for barring students from wearing the cross, rosaries, crucifixes or other Christian symbols, even if they are worn under their uniforms.

A senior female student from SMK Serian was ordered to remove the cross she wore under her uniform while another student was ordered to remove a rosary that she wore that was also under her uniform.

“Besides that, the principal was said to have made an insensitive statement to the student by saying that instead of wearing the cross, it would be good for the student to go and carry one from the graveyard,” DAP Serian branch chairman Edward Luwak said today.

Edward said he received reports from parents who were dismayed by the action of the principal and had brought up the matter with local church leaders and the Serian District Education Officer.

Earlier this morning, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru President Cobbold John lodged a police report in Serian, citing a violation of the students’ religious rights.

The principal was said to have explained to the District Education Officer that the cross worn was an “extra large cross”. The principal was said to have apologised later.

“To claim that the student, and a girl at that, was wearing an extra large cross is most likely a cooked-up story to justify his action. It would not be normal for someone to wear an extra large cross unless she or he is a church leader putting on a cross in the performance of his religious duties.

“Furthermore the cross is said to have been tucked in,” Edward said when contacted today.

The principal was allegedly transferred out of a teaching position in Mukah, after converting a student against the parents’ wishes.

Edward said the actions of the principal, who is said to be from Peninsular Malaysia, “clearly demonstrated his ignorance of the local situation.”

“He seemed to be unaware that locals were very tolerant of each other’s practices. He also needs to realise that Serian has a majority Christian community,” Edward said, adding that there were also prior reports of cases where bibles were confiscated in the school after searches were made on students’ bags.

“That was an infringement of the principle of religious freedom as enshrined in our constitution. The authorities should reprimand the principal for his actions. Peace, goodwill, harmony, tolerance and understanding must prevail in a peace-loving Sarawak,” he said.

Autonomy advocacy group Sarawak For Sarawakians (S4S) also condemned the actions of the principal.

“S4s wants this case to be investigated and proper action to be taken,” said S4S spokesperson Peter John Jaban.

“Sarawak is a not a Muslim state. Foreigners who work in the state should learn our culture before they come here. We respect them and they should respect us,” he said.

Richard T.W.



  1. Sarawak has no official religion and BM is not the official language in Sarawak. August 31 is not Malaysia Day or Independence of Malaysia. Malaysia Day is September 22 and Sarawak Independence Day is July 22. These are all the facts we want UMNO Baru controlled Putrajaya to acknowledge. Do not ever distort these facts and force UMNO Baru gutter politics on Sarawakians.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — September 3, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | Reply

  2. Good to see Padalela Rinong wore a cross on her necklace during the Merdeka celebration.

    Comment by Ridhuan — September 3, 2016 @ 5:07 PM | Reply

  3. Slap him and spit at him and tell him to go f…k off … no more give face … just kick his back-side and sent him to hell.

    Comment by Tigeryk — September 3, 2016 @ 11:51 AM | Reply

  4. Just don’t let them get away with this again,please..

    Comment by H K Kho — September 3, 2016 @ 7:33 AM | Reply

  5. What happen to the Adenan’s promise that 90% of Swakian teachers will have to be Swakian!

    Comment by Pet — September 3, 2016 @ 2:44 AM | Reply

  6. Why Swak givt dont vett any teachers posted from Malaya to Swak? If the Education minitry masih berdegil in sending unwanted teachers to Swak, then Swak govt should consider withdraw and not approval the work permits. Bring back so many Swakian teachers in the Peninsula and Sabah back to Swak. they actually are dying to come back to Swak and Education Ministry has refused to let them go!

    Comment by Pet — September 3, 2016 @ 2:44 AM | Reply

  7. In the past, there was a ruling that on;ly Swakians can be principal of schools in Swak. What has happened to the ruling/

    Comment by Pet — September 3, 2016 @ 2:40 AM | Reply

  8. Many many moons ago, I used to wear the hippy ‘ Peace ‘ symbol to school and have no problem whatsoever . WTF is happening to our Country now. Well if you orang Malaya cannot stand being transferred here, then F..K off , go back .

    Comment by Sii pai gong — September 2, 2016 @ 10:50 PM | Reply

  9. What to do, INFERIOR COMPLEX, cheapskate feeling, always over ruled their otak udang, yet adopting HINDU ceremony in their wedding… pui.

    Comment by tiuniamah — September 2, 2016 @ 9:23 PM | Reply

  10. If the allegation on the said principal is true, please remove him with immediate effect without further warning. This is to show how serious our Govt is in dealing this issue!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — September 2, 2016 @ 9:19 PM | Reply

    • This is the consequences of BTN affecting civil servants.

      Comment by Ridhuan — September 3, 2016 @ 5:08 PM | Reply

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