Malaysian Uproar : Universiti Malaysia Perlis Exam Question Calls Zakir Naik ‘An Icon’ – What Is This?

An uproar has broken out on social media over a university examination question which appears to praise controversial Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik by calling him an “icon in the Islamic world”.

The question appears in a Universiti Malaysia Perlis examination paper on Ethnic Relations.

A screenshot of the question was posted on Facebook by MIC vice-chief Sivarraajh Chandran.

The question reads: “Zakir Naik is one of the icons of the Islamic world. He is very active in spreading true Islam and following the Quran and Sunnah of Rasulullah SAW. He is able to reason and to answer every question that is asked to him. However, in Malaysia, he is no longer allowed to deliver his preaching. In your opinion, as a Malaysian, why does this happen?”

Students are given a multiple-choice answer with these reasons:

1) Malaysians do not bother to receive information

2) Malaysians were sensitive and feel threatened for no reason

3) Malaysians just follow the crowd without verifying any information

4) Malaysians are ignorant about their own religion.

Sivarraajh had questioned why such a question, deemed to be insensitive to people of different races, had been included in an examination for a module that was meant to foster racial and religious understanding.

FMT has contacted the university for a response.

Source : FMT

Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik reacts during a prayer at a mosque in Melaka, Malaysia, September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has responded to the uproar over a question in an examination paper appearing to praise Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik, saying it will review the vetting procedures of exam questions for the particular course.

UniMAP said this was to ensure lecturers were more proactive on the sensitivities of race and religion in formulating exam questions, adding that the issue was being investigated.

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“As a university comprising students of various races and cultures, UniMAP takes this issue seriously and any feedback will prioritise the aspects of unity and tolerance between races,” it said in a statement today.

The exam question on Naik had appeared in an Ethnic Relations paper set by the university.

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