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Saturday September 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by rahimy rahim, ng si hooi, AND a. raman
THE headmaster of SK Seri Pristana has debunked accusations that he is a racist, following the changing room-turned-canteen controversy at the school.
Mohd Nasir Mohd Noor said in an interview with Sinar Harian that he had previously worked with groups that included non-Malays and had also taught at a missionary school, where the board members were mainly non-Malays.
“We used to conduct programmes with various non-governmental organisations, many of the members being mainly Chinese and Indians,” he said, adding that he had also allowed an elite Indian tuition centre to use Seri Pristana’s facilities on Sunday.
“Therefore, there is no reason to accuse me of being a racist and, as a teacher, the important thing is to protect the welfare of the pupils,” added Mohd Nasir.
He regretted that while the issue could have been settled internally, it was instead “blown out of proportion”.
A controversy surfaced during Ramadan when a parent posted on Facebook a picture of pupils taking their meals at a portion of the school that was allegedly a toilet.
The school later dismissed allegations it was mistreating non-Malay pupils as the school canteen was being renovated and a changing room had been used as a makeshift cafeteria by both Muslm and non-Muslim pupils long before the fasting month.
The parent of the schoolgirl, who posted the picture, has since transferred out her daughter to another school.
> Actress Tasha Shila denied claims she was nabbed for khalwat with national football player Mahali Jasuli at a hotel in Kuantan recently, reported Harian Metro.
“I was shocked when a fan asked me about it on Twitter,” she said.
“There is no truth to the allegation. I believe some people are just creating the rumours to tarnish my reputation,” said the TV drama actress, adding that Mahalii remained calmed and offered his sympathy for her name being implicated in the rumour.
Asked about her relationship with Mahali, she said they had known each other for more than a year but she did not want to give details as it would sour their friendship and affect his soccer career.
> The tabloid also reported that with just three days before she was due to perform at Istana Budaya, pop queen Datuk Siti Nurhaliza had a bout of sore throat and cough.
Nevertheless, she promised to give her best.
“I am worried because the songs (to be presented) are not pop songs but traditional Malay hits. As we all know, for the genre, it is hard to sing with this kind of voice,” she said.
The diva will be accompanied by the Malaysian Traditional Orchestra at the two-day Lentera Timur Siti Nurhaliza concert, which begins tomorrow.
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