GUA MUSANG: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has met with the parents of four orang asli children who were slapped by their teacher in October.
Orang asli Bihai administrative district representative, Arom Asir, 63, said several officers came to Kampung Tenrik on Dec 11 to interview the parents.
“They came to ask if there had been any element of corruption in the case,” he told The Star during a visit there last week.
Villagers were outraged when the four children, aged 12 to 14, came home from SK Bihai on Oct 23, crying and holding their swollen faces.
“We were told that a teacher had slapped the four girls because they did not know how to recite the Muslim prayers after eating.
“In the first place, we had no idea they were given religious education in school, and our village has no Muslims,” he said, pointing out that the school was exclusively for the orang asli.
The fathers, Hassan Achoi, 34, Atar Pedik, 38 and Along Pandak, 49, lodged a police report in Kuala Betis on Oct 24, but the school had urged them to withdraw the report in return for RM300 compensation. They rejected the offer and lodged another report claiming the school had attempted to bribe them.
Arom, who is also Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) deputy chairman, said that although the teacher had apologised, the village still wanted the teacher transferred and religious education halted.
Arom also claimed the children received three days of schooling each week, as teachers would “balik kampung” from Thursday until Sunday.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said he would investigate if the claims were true and see what action should be taken.
Regarding the slapping case, he said “action had definitely been taken”, adding that it was now in the hands of the state education department.