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Tuesday August 27, 2013 MYT 7:01:00 PM
Tuesday August 27, 2013 MYT 7:06:17 PM
by shaun ho
A file photo of the changing room used as a makeshift canteen at SK Seri Pristina.
SUNGAI BULOH: Parents of non-Muslim students at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Pristana have started to pull their children out of the school as they fear their children will be harassed if they remained in the school.
The spokesman for the parents' group, who only wanted to be identified as Raj, 39, is among the parents of three students who have already transferred their children to other schools.
The marketing executive's nine-year-old daughter, who studied at the school, started her first day in a new school Tuesday.
He said he submitted a transfer application for his daughter in July after his daughter complained of harassment.
"I want my daughter to continue studying in peace. I would want my daughter to stay (in SK Seri Pristana) but I will not let her be treated that way," said Raj.
"We are also worried that we could be arrested, just like Kumancan," said the spokesman at a press conference.
He cited Monday's arrest of 32-year-old V. Kumancan, who allegedly threatened the school's headmaster in July for holding a press conference.
Kumancan was released on police bail the same day and is expected to be face charges of criminal intimidation at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate's Court on Sept 9.
Kumancan, who was also at the press conference, denied that he had threatened the headmaster, saying that he was at work that day.
"I have never met the headmaster nor gone to the school," he said, adding that he could prove that he was at work.
Sungai Buloh OCPD Supt Junaidi Bujang said the parents did not have anything to worry about, as there were no police reports lodged against any of them.
"There has only been a report made against Kumancan. We have done our investigations and the outcome will be the court's to decide," he said when contacted.
"Malaysian Tamilan Today Welfare Association national secretary K. Gunasekaran, who held the press conference, said that the group has sent a memorandum to the Education Ministry calling for action against a number of teachers they say harassed their children in school.
"We submitted the memorandum on Aug 20 and if action is not taken against them, we will hold a peaceful demonstration outside the ministry in two weeks," he said.
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