Probe on student 'forced' to wear headscarf in Malaysia

The Education Ministry will investigate the case of a Christian student allegedly forced to wear a headscarf and join in Muslim prayers in Negri Sembilan.

Deputy Minister P. Kamalanathan said the ministry had never forced any non-Muslim student to take the Islamic Studies subject.

"We will take note of this and investigate the incident, which allegedly occurred on Nov 15," he told Gooi Hsiao-Leung (PKR-Alor Star).

Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping) then brought up an alleged incident of a question in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia history paper asking students whether the 13th general election was held in a fair manner. To this, Kamalanathan said questions in SPM papers were set by the Malaysian Examination Board.

"However, students can give their opinion in their answers. The question will give a chance to students to use their thinking skills," he said.

On another matter, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said 39 websites found to have insulted Islam had been blocked by the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) last year.