KUALA LUMPUR: The police questioning of a secondary school student for sedition after the teenager accidentally clicked “like” on the “I love Israel” Facebook page is “totally ridiculous”, said an MCA leader.
The incident would further tarnish police image among the public, who instead expected that the probe be conducted on those teachers who had allegedly threatened to boycott and burn the SPM student, said the party’s religious harmony bureau chief Datuk Ti Lian Ker.
In a press statement issued yesterday, Ti said it was wrong for any teacher to advocate or preach violence.
In George Town, state education department director Osman Hussain said the 17-year-old student might be given counselling.
He added that the teachers might also be given a short course on how to become quality teachers.
“We will speak to the school’s principal on this,” Osman told a press conference held to announce the 11th Primary and Secondary School National Chinese Poetry Recital Competition in Bayan Baru yesterday.
It was reported that the teenager had apparently liked a page named “I Love Israel” and lodged a police report on Monday after getting threats from friends and teachers.
A teacher from the school had captured a screenshot of the activity and posted it on her own account, which went viral.
The police are also investigating the boy under the Sedition Act. He had claimed that he accidentally “liked” the page.
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