Racism At Its Worst In Kuala Langat School. Would Hishamuddin Like To Comment?
The crowd began gathering outside SMK Telok Panglima Garang’s main entrance near here at noon and dispersed about two hours later.
The headmaster was on leave, so some teachers accepted on his behalf copies of police reports made by a Form Four student and a Form Five student. According to the police reports, the female history teacher had allegedly called Indian students in a Form Four and a Form Five class ‘keling pariah’, ‘Negro’, ‘black monkeys’ as well as other derogatory names.
The teacher had also purportedly said that ‘Indians came from dogs’ and the community members were stupid and prone to thuggery and thievery.
The police reports also alleged that the teacher had said that Indians were the ‘children of prostitutes’ and the community’s youths ‘did not have testicles’ on July 17 and 22, and had also purportedly beaten up some Indians students.
The Form Four student also alleged in his report that the teacher had written the word ‘keling pariah’ on the board and lost her cool when the Indian students in the class told her that they did not like being called names.
Coalition of Malaysian Indian NGOs secretary Gunaraj George, who was among those who handed over the police reports, said that exposure to such abuse would only breed hatred and racial polarisation in schools.
“No one in his or her right frame of mind would have said these things. Given this, the best option would be for the teacher to be assigned to a desk job and not be allowed to be near youngsters anymore,” he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong said the schoolteacher might be sacked if the allegations proved true. The allegations were serious as no one was allowed to insult others, especially in a school environment, said Dr Wee, who was asked to comment on the incident when visiting a nine-year-old accident victim at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru.
He added that the ministry was awaiting an official report before taking any action. (The Star Online)
***** It's a small wonder how such a blatantly racist teacher had survived this long without being detected. Perhaps she had been previously always posted to schools consisting of pupils of only one race.
In a way I feel sorry for her. Having chosen such a noble profession and then to abandon everything good teaching entails and engage in the basest display of human hatred is a sad thing. Sacking her is perhaps not the answer. Maybe she requires psychiatric intervention.
But one thing is sure. There are many, many more like her who have been let loose in our schools and God knows how the education ministry is going to rein them in.
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