Wisma Putra should pursue bullying case


I REFER to your report “ISKL student fight: Cops awaiting information from Wisma Putra” (TheStarOnline, April 24).

It is most disheartening to read of this incident and I personally conclude that Malaysians are being treated as second class citizens in an international school in their own backyard.

It is clear to me that this media blowback would not have happened if the school had acted on and handled this issue honourably, transparently and fairly.

While there was not a lot of information provided, statements like “fell in the toilet” and “requiring 38 stitches” smack of a cover-up and are seemingly in favour of the “American embassy staff’s son”.

It is interesting to note that in the school’s website, first preference is given to children of staff at the United States embassy and Malaysians are accorded last priority. This sort of discriminatory educational practice should be outlawed in Malaysia.

It is also disappointing that the juvenile assailant has cowardly fled the country, no doubt under parental advice/diplomatic immunity.

I sincerely hope Wisma Putra would at least issue a persona non grata notice to the embassy staff concerned for giving the diplomatic corps a black eye. This must be truly embarrassing to the great nation of the US, which goes around the world preaching the rule of law and justice.

I suppose it would be asking too much of Wisma Putra to adopt the dogged determination and courage of our neighbour Singapore, which showed single-minded resolve in dealing with the Ameri­can teenager Michael Fay incident years ago and, more recently, in pursuing justice ironically for a Malaysian killed by a drunk Romanian ambassador who then fled the country.

On the school’s part, at the very least those in charge should have the courage to ensure that the records officially and permanently reflect that the assailant has been expelled for violence and not something vague like “withdrawn or left the school on his own accord”.

At least this would go into this person’s permanent record when he applies for admission into a school or university in future, and be a lesson for him to remember that as a diplomat’s child, he has a responsibility to maintain certain standards on behalf of his parents.

And embassy staff would do well to educate their children at home on these responsibilities as well.

EXPATRIATE MALAYSIAN

London, England

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