KUALA LUMPUR: Parents are advised to be observant of their children’s well-being to prevent them from being abused by their teachers, says MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Michael Chong.
“I advise parents, especially working parents, to be more observant of their children who are sent to nurseries or kindergarten.
“They must ensure their children’s wellbeing and prevent them from being physically punished by their teachers,” he said at a press conference at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Chong said he had handled three cases of pre-school children being caned by their teachers last year while two cases were reported to him this month.
In the latest incident, the parents of Sheldon Lee Yu Hong, four, came forward to seek MCA’s help after a kindergarten teacher allegedly caned their child several times on April 21.
Wong Mee Yan, 31, said she discovered cane marks of her son’s right thigh when giving him a bath. She later found out he had been caned with a plastic rod by his teacher.
She went to the kindergarten and requested to view the school’s CCTV recording to determine if the teacher had caned her child.
“The recording showed that my son was caned four times by the teacher.
“I lodged a police report the next day, but when the police went to the school, the CCTV recording was already deleted,” she said.
Wong, who said the teacher and principal had apologised to her, said the family was mulling whether to pursue legal action.