Piracy for education OK in Malaysia?

I noticed up on Slashdot that The Star is running a story on the Malaysian government considering turning a blind eye to software piracy for educational purposes.
“But for educational purposes and to encourage computer usage, we may consider allowing schools and social organisations to use pirated software,” he said after opening a state-level National Day poetry-reading contest in Pagoh yesterday.
The move is supposed to speed up computer literacy among students, but I can't help but think it will foster a mindset that piracy is acceptable. If computer literacy is the goal here, why no use something like Linux and Open Office? I would think that there's potentially far more to learn there.
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