KOTA KINABALU, Dec 1 — Christian students in a public school in Sabah’s interior district of Keningau have allegedly been prohibited from wearing the crucifix as an accessory under threat of caning and possible suspension, a local daily reported.
According to the Daily Express, non-Muslim students were required to obtain permission from Sekolah Menengah Ken Wah’s disciplinary board if they wished to wear the crucifix — the image of Jesus Christ on a cross — to school.
“The regulation that came under Kebersihan Diri (personal cleanliness) stated that students are not allowed to wear jewellery and ‘tanda keagamaan’ (religious symbols such as the crucifix for Christians especially),” the newspaper quoted a senior teacher as saying.
Students who are permitted to wear the item will be issued with approval passes that must be carried daily within the school.
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