World Bulletin / News Desk
Malaysia and Malaysian universities have sided by Turkey during its hard times, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
Attending a ceremony hosted in his honour, PM Erdogan was presented with an honorary doctorate title by Malaysia's International Islamic University.
Referring to Turkey's February 28 post-modern coup process, Erdogan said a large number of Turkish students have studied in Malaysian universities while retaining their values and beliefs.
The February 28 military memorandum was a host of decisions issued by the Turkish military in 1997 in response to what it saw as rising Islamist ideology.
Turkish students suffered pressures, prohibitions and restrictions at that time, said the Turkish PM in reference to the headscarf ban on female Turkish students during and after the February 28 process.
"Malaysian universities were the universities where Turkish students freely studied at that time," he added.
Erdogan stressed that the government has lifted the "meaningless" prohibitions and restrictions in Turkish universities.
The headscarf issue has been on the agenda of Turkish politics for more than three decades since it was banned in Turkish universities in 1984. Since then many attempts to abolish the ban on wearing headscarves in state institutions and universities have failed.
The ruling AK Party from which Erdogan hails has placed the headscarf issue at the top of its agenda since its establishment and rise to power in 2002.
The concluding attempt by the AK Party concerning the headscarf issue came with Erdogan's declaration on September 30 of the Democratization Package, which opened the gates of state institutions to women wearing headscarves. It also introduced a number of reforms regarding political rights.Last Mod: 11 Ocak 2014, 09:04