Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Another School Head Accused of Being Racist

MCA Youth is calling for stern action to be taken against a school principal who allegedly rebuked her noisy students by telling them to "balik India dan China".

Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong
MCA Youth Education bureau chairman Chong Sin Woon, said that if it was found that the principal of SM Alam Megah in Shah Alam was favouring one group over another, she was not fit for the profession and should also apologise to the affected students.

“Balik India dan China” is not subtle in any way. Did the principal believe her slurs would go unnoticed?" he asked.

Chong said that racial slur incidents in schools kept occuring as the punishment for wrongdoers was not harsh enough.

"Few years ago when a principal made similar statements with racial overtones, she was transferred to another position.

"The Ministry of Education must understand that when serious action is not taken, the repercussions continue and more students are affected," he added.

Chong also urged the Education Ministry to conduct a thorough investigation, not only whether the incident took place, but to also find out why the principal thought this type of behaviour was acceptable.

He added that the alleged insults could sow racial tension and distrust in the school system and break up friendship among the different races in schools.

Chong also said that if found to be true, it is also a reflection of the headmistress' poor leadership skills.

Commenting on the issue, former Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said in a statement that the recurring trend of targeting students who are not of the same ethnicity was disappointing.

“We are patriotic and loyal Malaysian citizens and Malaysia is our home. Where else can we ‘balik’ to?” Wee asked.

Malaysian Insider: July 3, 2013.

Source: Yahoo Malaysia

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