Malaysian actress Sarah Lian took to Facebook in a fury, posting a homework assignment her friend's seven-year-old daughter had failed at school. The controversial homework was to match four conventional names to their places of worship based only on stereotype. See if you can figure out where they wanted her to send "Steve," "Kamal," "Hock Lee," and "Devi."
Promoting multiculturalism with the most blatant stereotypes obviously backfired. Sarah Lian's post about the school's homework assignment went viral, with commenters arguing about whether the controversy was much ado about nothing or institutional racism.
To those who were fed up over the "huge fuss," Sarah Lian replied simply: "Sometimes a bit of fuss allows change to happen."
She's right about that, since even the Malaysian government is getting in on the discussion. As the post went viral, Malaysia's Minister in charge of national unity argued that the teacher should be punished.
"The teacher who came up with such a misguided notion should be disciplined for such misleading and plain wrong teaching of our kids that one can just assume one's religion by merely looking at one's name," said Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, according to the Malay Mail Online.
The father of the child in question, however, disagreed. He told Mashable he thought "my girl's innocent answers were spot on, but as far as I'm aware [this question] was part of [the school's] syllabus and they're doing their job, it's a good school."
Most can agree, the seven-year-old should not have failed the assignment.