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It’s short-sighted to put the afterlife ahead of schooling
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The actor Zul Yahya, of the Pepaya television drama, has stopped his children from going to school, saying his priority is to prepare them for the afterlife. He is very short-sighted and is starting a dangerous precedent.

More importantly, he is denying his children the right to an education, and the means to fulfil their hopes and aspirations.

If all Malay parents were like Zul, Malaysia would have to rely on the ‘pendatang’ to provide professionals such as chemists, architects, engineers, scientists, epidemiologists, virologists, IT experts, economists, lawyers and doctors.

In his postings on Instagram and Facebook on Feb 22, Zul told his fans that his action was the most appropriate at this time.

The actor and his wife have been married for 14 years and have six children, three girls and three boys, whose ages range from one to nine years.

He claimed that his top priority for his children was to prepare them for the afterlife. This is in direct opposition to all Islamic teachings, which promotes the acquisition of knowledge and is obligatory for every Muslim.

Dismissing criticism by his fans that he was not concerned about the future of his six children, Zul said he was more concerned about their success in the afterlife. The 48-year-old said: “God willing, the knowledge of the afterlife is more important than all knowledge.”

Will he be fined, because all children are supposed to be given an education until they are 16 years old?

How many parents are like Zul?

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