PETALING JAYA: Newly elected PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat said today Islamic kindergartens (PASTI) would also cater for non – Muslims and would teach moral studies.
“I have agreed for the setting up of a kindergarten for the non-Muslims. It is not specific for the Hindus. It is for non-Muslims and they would study Moral,” he said.
On Sunday, PAS Supporters Congress (DHPP) representative K Deepakaran suggested that Hinduism classes be taught in Islamic kindergartens run by PAS.
The suggestion was made in light of rising crime cases involving Indian community during the 59th PAS Muktamar which was held from Friday to Sunday in Shah Alam.
The suggestion was accepted by the new PAS Youth chief, Suhaizan Kaiat who also announced that PASTI would be set up in other countries in this region such as south Thailand, Philippines and in Assam, India.
Suhaizan added that the curriculum for the non-Muslims is ready and that members from the DHPP would be roped to teach the children in Pasti.
“We can provide short courses for the Moral class teachers. Pasti itself would provide administrative assistance,” he added.
Pasti director general Hassan Aladi when contacted told FMT that Pasti had 1,700 schools nationwide.
“It is not a new thing for us. We had a school for the Chinese in Sabak Bernam, Selangor before.
“We also had a Tamil kindergarten in Robana Estate, Teluk Intan, Perak but it had to be closed down since the estate ceased operations.
Another reason for the closure is the lack of native language speakers.
“It is difficult to teach if teachers don’t know mother tongue language. We are finding it difficult to get teachers,” he said.
He added that Pasti is currently active in Sabah and Sarawak.
When asked on plans to open Tamil and Chinese Pasti kindergartens he said that they have plans to open one in Ipoh Timor parliamentary constituency.
He also assured non-Muslim parents that Islamic studies would not be taught to non-Muslim children.