Thursday, August 29, 2013

The SK Seri Pristana Saga Continues

Still remember the SK Seri Pristana issue? It is still hogging the limelight. The primary school in Sungai Buloh landed in the limelight after photographs showing non-Muslim students eating in the shower room emerged on Facebook. 

On Monday, a parent V Kumancan whose child attends the school had allegedly threatened the school headmaster, Mohd Nasir Mohd Noor, who then reported to the police. He was promptly arrested and released on bail, and is expected to be charged with criminal intimidation on Sept 09, 2013. 

Police action was speedy and swift. Why don’t they show the same zeal and zest when Guneswari Kelly lodged a police report that she had received death and kidnap threats against herself and her daughter, who used to attend the school before the shower canteen incident came to light?

Previously, Kumancan had also lodged a police report against Mohd Nasir for allowing an unidentified man to take photographs of his daughter in school. Not only that but some parents are alleging that their children were questioned by police without parental consent. The parents said some of the children were traumatized. They cry at the sight of police personnel and now refuse to go to school, prompting the parents to apply to transfer their children out.

Why should this be the case? There are laws which protect the rights of minors. In fact, the headmaster or the senior assistant should have contacted the parents upon being informed or discovering that the police were going to speak to the children.

Anyway, parents of ten pupils want out from SK Seri Pristana. Thus far, three have already been transferred while seven other transfers are pending.

But wait, get this! On Tuesday, Sungai Buloh district police chief Junaidi Bujang had insisted that "no instructions" were given to question the children.

"There is no such thing. There was never any instruction on my part. I did not ask any officer to do so. In any case, what would the children know?" he had told Malaysiakini when he was asked about the probing.

Just one day later, the police admitted to querying the pupils, but said they were not taking official statements from them nor were the children harassed. Junaidi said they were "just talking to the students" to ask them more about the shower room used as a makeshift canteen. And he challenged the parents that if the children were "frightened" as claimed, then they should lodge a police report on the matter!

If I may comment, the police are bumbling fools!

I was in Bukit Jalil yesterday for the AFC Toastmasters Club Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contests. There were six and seven contestants in the respective categories. I only managed to be first runner-up in the Humorous Speech Contest, losing to a worthy opponent, Lee Chen Choon (second photo middle). As for the Speech Evaluation Contest, the judges did not deem me good enough and so I wasn’t placed. I suppose 2 out of 3 ain’t bad! After all, I did win the MIMKL and Taman Indrahana contests. 

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