Student sent home over baju kurung

Her excitement about going to a new school turned into a nightmare when she was barred from the school in Cheras in the Malaysian state of Selangor because she was wearing a baju kurung uniform.

Britney Nicole, who is in Form Three (the equivalent of Secondary 3), is puzzled over the ruling and is scared of returning to school.

She told Malay Mail Online: "I was wearing baju kurung in my previous school, so I don't know what is wrong. "I have made new friends in this school and they have been concerned with what is going on."

She said her teacher gave a final warning and told her she would not be allowed to enter class unless she wore a pinafore.

She was allegedly made to wait outside the school compound for three hours from 7am on Wednesday, until a relative was able to pick her up.

The student, of Sarawakian descent, lives with her aunt and uncle and their five children in Cheras.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday that schools should not impose rules not approved by the Education Ministry, liberal news portal Malaysiakini reported.

The girl's father said his daughter was told that the baju kurung was only for Malay students.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that wearing baju kurung in school, especially by non-Malays, is something to be promoted, as it is accepted as part of the national attire.

Mr Muhyiddin said the matter will be investigated along with the school.

Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said the school had no right to impose the rule for baju kurung to be exclusively worn by Muslim students.

This article was first published on January 16, 2015.
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