Religion has no place in science, schools are told 'God is not science, god is religion and the two should not mix,' says office worker Vivian Goh, whose hackles have been raised by her 11-year-old daughter Carla's new science textbook. Chapter One of the text to be used by Year Five students when schools return from recess on January 3 states: 'All living things are created by God.' The book does not pursue the creationist theme beyond that sentence - later chapters in fact go on to explain Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Most parents have accepted the textbook without complaint, but a few like Ms Goh are demanding that it be withdrawn. They argue that religion has no place in a science textbook. 'Science is about logic and facts. God belongs to religion not science,' said educationist Lee Boon Chye. 'We are not atheist but we want science separated from religion when children are taught,' said parent Malik Mahmud, a businessman. Textbooks for Malaysian government schools are mostly written by handpicked university lecturers, according to rules set by the education ministry's textbook division. A committee within the division vets the contents, but final approval rests with the education minister. However, disputes have previously arisen over contentious issues like race and religion. Earlier this year, a textbook on improving race relations for undergraduates was pulled after Chinese protested that the book glossed over the community's contribution to the country's economic development. Malaysia's education system is a complex mix of government, vernacular and Islamic schools, with different curriculum and medium of instruction. In Islamic schools, creationism as stated in the Koran is a core subject, but in government schools creationism has never previously been mentioned. There is a strong movement, especially among religious Muslims, to debunk Darwin's theories. 'The sentence merely states the obvious ... God created the universe and everything in it. That is a fact,' said former headmaster Thomas Saravanan, a devout Catholic. About 120,000 copies of the book have been printed and distributed to schools across the country, education ministry officials said.