[By Free Malaysia Today, thanks to The Religion of Peace] MIC deputy president Dr S Subramaniam today commented that cow slaughtering is a sensitive issue, thus the sensitivities of other religions must be taken into consideration.
Commenting on recent reports of cow slaughtering in school compounds during the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations, the Health Minister said that the slaughtering of cows was a sensitive issue to the non-Muslim community.
“We recognise the significance of the Aidiladha celebration, however, we must also take into consideration the sensitivities of other communities,” he told FMT
Several Hindu parents have complained about the use of school compounds to slaughter cows in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations.
It was reported that a primary school in Kuala Lumpur slaughtered a number of cows in its compound during school hours. Similar events were held in schools across the country.
One parent, S Dineswary said that according to her daughter, an adult cow and a calf were slaughtered for a feast in conjunction with Aidiladha celebrations.
Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, on whose constituency a school was involved, had also urged the Education Ministry to explain why the slaughterings were allowed.
“While we respect the religious customs and beliefs of all people, there must be some level of understanding that some practices such as slaughtering cows are offensive to certain religions,” said Gobind.
He added that many complaints were received from Puchong residents who were displeased that cows were slaughtered in school compounds.
Yesterday, MIC president G Palanivel said cows can be slaughtered in mosques and suraus and other places including religious schools but slaughtering cows in schools could be a worrying problem and disturbing for non-Malay students
He added that some Muslim leaders have also voiced out their concerns on the slaughtering of cows in school compounds.