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ICC Note: Malaysia continues to alarm outside observers with indications that Islam is slowly becoming more radicalized in the country. In this recent story, a Christian father believes his daughter, an excellent student, was rejected from multiple public universities because she has a Christian name. The family was actually told that she did not get at least one position because her name “sounded like an English name”. Last week one Catholic commentator pointed out that Malaysia is “galloping” towards Islamization.
  7/20/2013 Malaysia ( – The father was sad and shocked to know that his daughter had failed to get into “not only UM but also other public universities as well.” Group of graduatesGroup of graduatesPETALING JAYA: A Sabahan whose daughter secured a 3.8 CGPA in her foundation year in University Malaya has taken the Education Ministry to task for rejecting her application to pursue a medical course. According to the father, his daughter’s application was rejected because her name sounded “foreign and Christian”. The father, who declined to be named for fear of retribution, said he was sad and shocked to know that his daughter had failed to get into “not only UM but also other public universities as well.”
Explaining further, the father said that he is a Sabah bumiputera native and is married to a Chinese from Peninsula Malaysia. The couple have two children. The family has since settled in Petaling Jaya. Speaking to FMT, the father said: “My daughter’s done her foundation course in UM where her CGPA points is 3.8 which good enough for a medical course. “But the Education Ministry officer in Putrajaya told us last week that she is not qualified. We were shocked to hear the Education Ministry officer saying that she failed to get a seat since her name sounded like an English name. “This is really ridiculous. I’m a Christian thus, my daughter’s name reflected that…,” said the father. He further claimed that the Education Ministry officer also told them that being a Christian-bumi could be another reason for her not being selected.
The ministry official had also indicated that the fact that his daughter was born in Petaling Jaya and not in Sabah was also a reason she was rejected from getting medical course. “All the reasons given by the officer are really strange and cannot be acceptable. “I’m here not to hammer the Education Ministry. But I hope someone can help my daughter to get her education rights,” he said. FMT’s attempt to talk to the ministry official has been unsuccessful.

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