Now, Kedah school principal accused of racism.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — A Kedah school head was accused of racism today just as Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin ordered investigations into a Johor school principal who allegedly spewed racist slurs at her Chinese and Indian students last week.
Kedah Gerakan chief Dr Cheah Soon Hai highlighted today a Sungai Petani secondary school head who allegedly told her Chinese pupils to “return to China”, urging the Najib administration to take disciplinary action.
The Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan Bukit Selambau headmistress was said to have accused the Chinese pupils of being insensitive towards their Muslim peers by eating in the school compound during the fasting month of Ramadan last Friday, and ordered them to return to China if they could not respect the culture of other races.
“Making statements such as passengers (penumpang) of the country are totally unwarranted,” Cheah said in a statement.
“Schools are places for learning and such degradable and disparaging words from a school principal should not be condoned at all,” he added.
Cheah joined the growing chorus of students, parents and politicians from both sides of the divide who are pushing Putrajaya to act quickly and firmly against such school heads to show the government does not tolerate racism.
The Kedah case is the second reported incident this year involving school heads.
Earlier this week, the principal of SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra in Johor was instructed to take leave by the state Education Department following some 20 police reports lodged by students accusing her of making derogatory remarks against Chinese and Indian students.
The students claimed Siti Inshah Mansor had called them “passengers” and likened the Hindu students wearing prayer threads to dogs.
In his first remarks about the case, Muhyiddin said he has directed Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom to set up a committee to investigate the matter. Alimuddin had earlier said it was a misunderstanding that had been resolved.
“We want to get the real facts. As of now the reaction is very emotional but we must be fair and have the correct information before we can decide on what steps to be taken. This is because there have been many conflicting statements,” the deputy prime minister told a press conference.
He added that disciplinary action against the principal will decided when the complete report is ready.
The police are currently investigating the Johor case under section 504 of the Penal Code for provocation which carries a maximum imprisonment of two years, a fine or both.
It gives me a nightmare when they wanted to have only national schools in Malaysia when they have this type of racist principal in schools.
I think it’s better for Malays to send their children to SJK (Cina) rather than the Chinese sending their children to national schools (sekolah kebangsaan)….what do you think?