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University Sacks Lecturer Behind Titas Slides Issue

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PETALING JAYA: The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) lecturer behind the controversial Tamadun Islam Tamadun Asia (Titas) lecture slides has been sacked, revealed Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (pic).

The Higher Education Minister, in an interview on radio station BFM’s programme The Breakfast Grille on Thursday morning, said the decision was made by the university.

“They (UTM) are autonomous … they hired the lecturer and they have the right to fire him. And I was told yesterday that he has been fired,” he said.

Idris said his ministry viewed the matter seriously, and that it needed to take “stringent action” against the lecturer.

The lecture materials, which went viral, had portrayed Hindus as “dirty” and misrepresented the history of Sikhism, triggering an uproar.

The slides were part of UTM’s Titas subject, which is mandatory for all tertiary students regardless of religion.

Asked if Titas was still relevant, Idris said it was the lecturer who “went out of the way”.

“He was not using the co-curriculum provided by the ministry and that has got to be fully understood.

“We are telling the lecturers that they have to be in line with the Government policies,” he said.

Based on a UTM report sighted by The Star, the university is currently reviewing its Titas module, which includes appointing experts in Indian, Sikh and Chinese civilisation studies.

The university is also closely monitoring the Titas learning methods and reviewing its model according to the syllabus approved by the ministry

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