Stop period spot checks now, says Wanita MCA chief

PETALING JAYA: Schools need to stop conducting period spot checks immediately, says Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie.

She also called for schools to prepare guidelines to halt the practice after stories of the disturbing practice were shared on social media and reported by the press.

"Guidelines must be issued to schools to completely prohibit "period spot checks", where disciplinary action will be taken against school authorities found flouting these guidelines," she said in a statement on Sunday (April 26).

She added the issue was a matter of personal safety, dignity and privacy.

Heng called for the Education Ministry to investigate the issue while working with the Women Family and Community Ministry to create a channel for those who had gone through the humiliating experience to lodge a complaint or report it.

She said the practise should be stopped without being politicised, and even took a swipe at former deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching for allegedly using the issue as a platform for the upcoming general election and as a means of gaining political mileage.

"Why is the Kulai MP suddenly pointing arrows at the Education Ministry and not before when she was its deputy minister?

"Is she (picking) at the ministry now due to speculations that the 15th general election might be called once the state of Emergency is lifted?" she said.

Heng stressed that elected representatives should act promptly and "not wait for the correct time" to raise an issue in the hopes of gaining political mileage.

She also said there were no guidelines that allowed teachers to do so and further asked why it was allowed to happen anyway.

Deputy Education Minister Muslimin Yahaya was reported on Thursday saying he has yet to receive any information about the matter, while Radzi has yet to issue a statement about it.

Meanwhile, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun expressed shock over the issue on Friday (April 23), saying she will engage with the relevant authorities to ensure the practice ends.

"This is unacceptable and shouldn't happen in schools, I take this seriously," she said.

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