The introduction of a new academic module has raised questions among both Muslim and non-Muslim students. There seems to be an air of mystery shrouding its implementation, which might not have been fully recognized by the deputy education minister.
Upon closer analysis, it becomes apparent that the decision to introduce this module might have been influenced by factors beyond its immediate visibility. It’s plausible that the unity government’s shift towards a more conservative stance was in motion even prior to the outcome of the recent state elections.
This shift is manifested not only in policy changes but also in the allocation of funds. Notably, Islamic institutions like JAKIM (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia) are receiving additional funding. These financial adjustments serve as indicators of the government’s pivot towards a right-leaning direction, possibly to gain favor with the political Islam segment.
In essence, the new module’s implications extend beyond its surface, reflecting a larger trend of political recalibration within the government.