Netizens divided on Palestine week at schools after toy gun incident

DAP leader and Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook expressed deep concern about a programme held in a primary school that involved elements of violence and extremism, including the use of replica weapons (toy guns). He is urging strict disciplinary measures against those accountable.

However, netizens are saying it is too late to complain about this while others is of the opinion that the programme should be cancelled outright.

Meanwhile, Loke noted that DAP has strongly opposed any form of violence or programmes involving elements of armed violence in schools for young students. DAP called for strict disciplinary action against the organisers and the prevention of similar programmes in the future.

He also emphasised the need for a more appropriate approach to conveying messages to students, fostering values of universal peace, humane principles, and cross-cultural understanding.

According to him, DAP aims to promote mutual respect among students from diverse backgrounds while upholding Madani principles. This statement followed concerns over the Palestine Solidarity Week programme in schools.

Moreover, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has urged school administrators to control activities organised as part of a “solidarity week” in support of the Palestinian cause but now he says it is not compulsory for schools to organise a Palestinian solidarity week and activities held must also be controlled. This includes children’s use of toy guns or other mock weapons.

In response to Anwar, X user @BigJoe470 said in no uncertain terms:

Netizen @kaena_rosley added:

Should the government deal with local issues more than with foreign matters?

Netizen @Dev58465458 stated: – Oct 28, 2023


Main photo credit: BFM’s Twitter

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