Malaysia to probe school with makeshift canteen in changing room

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin calls for action to be taken against those responsible

PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA - Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants action to be taken against those responsible for forcing non-Muslim pupils to eat in the changing room at a school in Sungai Buloh.

"I have instructed the director-general of the Education Ministry to investigate the issue of non-Muslim pupils who are asked to eat in a toilet (tandas)," wrote Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, in his Twitter account.

"Stern action would be taken if there is any basis (to the complaint)," added Muhyddin.

Photos of pupils eating in a changing room during recess supposedly so as not to offend fasting Muslims surfaced on Facebook.

The photos are said to have been taken at SK Seri Pristana in Sungai Buloh.

The photos show pupils sitting at tables next to sinks and in front of shower rooms.

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai urged the Education Ministry to ensure that all school canteens are accessible to students at all times.

"Why can't students use the canteen when they bring their own food? MOE (the ministry) needs to clarify this issue," he said.

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