Teachers to be trained to have moderate values


Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – April 13, 2017: The government is preparing a comprehensive teachers training module that aims to inculcate moderate values in them.

It is believed that the move hopes to check the growth of Islamic radicalism and liberalism.

“Teachers are the country’s valuable assets to stamp out extreme ideologies because they can directly shape the minds of our young ones. So that is why we are working with the ministry of education on this.

“Extreme ideologies cannot be killed with weapons. They can only be killed by a stronger ideology,” said Malaysian Institute of Moderation (MIM) chairman Tan Sri Dr. Abdullah Md. Zin after the institute’s inaugural lecture on Islamic radicalism and liberalism at a hotel here today.

The module is still being drafted.

Abdullah said teachers are not the only demographic that MIM is currently engaging to inculcate values of moderation. Others include medical officers, security personnel and other civil servants.

MIM, which is under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department, also cooperates with almost 40 government departments, agencies and ministries.

It has also formed a committee called the National Moderate Principles Implementation Committee chaired by the prime minister. It was formed shortly after Datuk Seri Najib Razak last month expressed the need to formulate more effective ways to instill moderate principles among Malaysians.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]