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Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 5:53:00 PM
Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 5:54:50 PM
by rashvinjeet s. bedi
PETALING JAYA: The chairman of SMK Sri Sentosa's parent-teacher association (PTA) has been removed following a motion of no-confidence.
Premala Oyen, who opposed the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the school toilets said she was removed from the post in a board meeting Wednesday evening for having differing views with the rest of the board members on the issue.
“One of the parents said he had no confidence in me and said that I should resign. I defended myself and said that an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) should be held to remove me.
"I refused to resign because I did not do anything wrong. My removal was a mockery,” she said.
Oyen claimed that the principal of the school, who is also an adviser to the PIBG, said an EGM was too time-consuming and required a lot of paperwork.
“She then asked another parent to support the first parent’s motion of no-confidence. One parent stood up to support it and I was removed just like that,” she said.
It was reported the school had installed 74 CCTV cameras in its toilets in March to curb rising vandalism in the school.
The majority of the PIBG supported the move.
“I can’t condone or conspire to do something wrong, even though the majority supports it,” said Oyen.
Earlier today, the Education Ministry ordered the removal of the cameras.
“I pray that necessary measures are taken to dispose all the footage taken before this concerns the children’s modesty,” she said.
When asked if she was afraid for her two children studying in the school, she said she was not.
“I do not fear at all for them. I know the teachers and school is good,” she said adding that she still supported the school.
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