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Wednesday August 28, 2013 MYT 9:14:07 AM
by shaun ho AND jastin ahmad tarmizi
Public complaint: Gunasekaran (second from right) fielding questions during the press conference. With him are Subang MP R. Sivarasah (second from left) and Kumancan (right).
SUNGAI BULOH: Three non-Muslim students have transferred out of Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Pristana, and more could follow suit if the Government does not make a firm stand against the alleged harassment of these schoolchildren by those inside the school.
According to a spokesman for the concerned parents’ group, they were worried that their children could be subjected to harassment if they remained in the school.
“We are worried that we could be arrested too, just like V. Kumancan,” said the spokesman, who wanted to be identified only as Raj, at a press conference here yesterday.
Raj, 39, is among the parents of the three students who have transferred out their children. His nine-year-old daughter started her first day in a new school yesterday.
According to Raj, 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. Though I would want my daughter to stay (in SK Seri Pristana), I will not let her be treated that way,” said Raj.
Kumancan was arrested on Monday for allegedly threatening the school’s headmaster in July for holding a press conference.
Kumancan, 32, was released on police bail the same day and is expected to face charges of criminal intimidation at the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court on Sept 9.
Sungai Buloh OCPD Supt Junaidi Bujang said the parents did not have anything to worry about as there were no police report lodged against any of them, except for several police reports lodged by the school against Kumancan.
“After our investigations, we are positive that he is the man who is implicated in the reports. We also believe that he has a motive for his actions as he has said before that he feared for his daughter’s safety as the school staff had taken pictures of his daughter,” he added.
Malaysian Tamilan Today Welfare Association national secretary K. Gunasekaran, who organised the press conference, said the group had sent a memorandum to the Education Ministry calling for action against teachers whom they claimed had harassed their children.
“If action is not taken against those teachers, we will hold a peaceful demonstration outside the ministry in two weeks,” he said.
The school made headlines when a parent shared photographs of non-Muslim children who were made to eat in a changing room that was used as a makeshift canteen during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month.
Supt Junaidi pointed out that the police could not take action against the headmaster as there was no criminal element involved.
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