Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reciting the Doa

Another case of teachers abusing their position. Malaysiakini reported on October 25, 2012 that parents were furious when a school teacher at SK Bihai in Pos Bihai, near Gua Musang in Kelantan had slapped their children because they did not recite the doa (Islamic prayer) after having their lunch.

One of the parents, Atar Pendik, said his two 12-year-old girls were slapped about 1:30 PM on Tuesday, after the children were made to recite the doa even though they are not Muslims.

Atar, along with two other fathers Hassan Achoi and Along Pandak whose 12-year-old daughters were also slapped in the incident, made the three-hour journey from Pos Bihai to lodge their reports at the Gua Musang police station.  [Note: Pos Bihai is located in the interior of Kelantan, near its border with Perak].

Malaysiakini has checked with the Gua Musang police station, confirming that the reports were indeed lodged.

According to SK Bihai Parent-Teacher Association deputy chairperson Arom Asir, the children's faces were bruised after they were slapped by the male teacher. Arom said that the primary school has at least 100 children, all of whom are Orang Asli, and the children were eating lunch together after sports.

"They were made to recite prayers the Muslim way before and after meals but they didn't know how, so they kept quiet.

"Then the teacher picked out the older children and slapped them for being quiet," he said.

Arom added that the parents did not know their children were being taught Islamic studies at the school or being made to recite Islamic prayers until earlier this week.

Parents must keep tabs on their children in schools because this sort of incident is not uncommon. I ask myself. If Muslims dislike being proselytized, why are they doing the same to others? Prime Minister Najib Razak once studied in St John's Institution in Kuala Lumpur, I wonder whether the LaSalle Brothers had forced him to say grace before he eats.

On Thursday, a rare Stewart Downing goal secured Liverpool a Europa League victory over Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and lifted them to the top of Group A. Downing cut in from the left after the break and drilled a powerful angled drive past keeper Vladimir Gabulov in the 53rd minute.

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