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It is very disturbing that this racial slur is still prevalent. I am not blaming all teachers, some of them are really good, but then if there is a black sheep amongst them, the whole group of teachers are blamed. Perhaps this particular teacher is not made out to be one and deserves to be sacked and earn a living elsewhere.

Do we not have enough racial problems amongst our mid and teachers should aggravate the problem and plant seeds of mistrust and racial tones into young minds.

The Education Minister should volunteer some comments on this. 

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‘Anjing, keling’: Student files report 

‘Anjing, keling’: Student files report

Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Feb 20, 09 2:19pm

A school is where the seeds of racial unity are supposed to be sowed but there have been cases suggesting otherwise, with the guilty party being none other than the teachers themselves.

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Now a new allegation has surfaced from a school in Selayang Baru, where a 14-year-old student claims that he was physically assaulted and verbally abused by a teacher.
In his police report filed at the Selayang Baru police station last night, A Kuganeshwaran, a form two student at SMK Darul Ehsan, said: “The teacher called me ‘anjing‘ (dog) and ‘keling‘.”
He also claimed that the teacher had punched him on the back and arm.
According to Kuganeshwaran, the incident happened during the living skills lesson yesterday.
“There was an announcement made on the class speaker so I stood up to listen to it. My teacher told me to sit but I told him that I wanted to listen to the announcement.
“The teacher then took a wooden stick and approached me. He looked like he wanted to hit me. I pleaded with him not to hit me. Then he placed the stick on the table and punched me,” read the report.
The student subsequently informed the headmistress, discipline teacher and class teacher regarding the incident.
Kuganeshwaran also stated in his report that his class teacher had pleaded with him not to relate this incident to his parents.

Father sees red

His father K Anchutan, who accompanied his son to file the police report, told Malaysiakini that he was ‘very angry’ over the incident.
The 38-year-old security guard said a school is a place where children are supposed to be safe from harm.
“I send my kids to school so that they can get the best education and be successful. I did not put them in school to be racially abused and hit by teachers,” he added.
Contacted later, SMK Darul Ehsan headmistress Siti Aishah Ismail said a meeting will be convened to discuss the matter today.
“We will investigate first. We want to get all the details and we will speak to the parents as well. We wish to conclude this matter as soon as possible, possibly by next week,” she added.
Siti Aishah said once the school completes its investigation, it will submit the findings to the district education department and Education Ministry.
Last July, a teacher from SMK Telok Panglima Garang in Kuala Langat was transferred after she uttered racial slurs and derogatory remarks at several Indian students.
The 35-year-old history teacher had on two occasions called Indian students in a Form Four and Form Five class ‘black monkeys’, ‘negroes’ and ‘keling pariah‘.

‘Anjing, keling’: Student files report

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Quite strong words came out from Hishammuddin, who addressed UMNO youth, like suffering consequences for not respecting monarchy, a price will be paid for those who are willing to destroy or damage the country, traitors will be driven out, a wave that will become a tsunami – in all a warning be careful.

He is remembered for his kris waving and appetite for blood not very long ago and now, it is a tirade against traitors particularly Pakatan Rakyat. I voted for PR in the last election, would that mean it is also directed at me and all those who voted the party in. Not too sure yet.

Somewhat in the press conference later, he confirmed the youth had to take out their frustration in a controlled manner, and it was never meant to incite hate, adding if things carry on as such the Malays would suffer.

The gathering was a pro-monarchy effort, and the PR government in Perak also constitutes Malay members, and when he said Malays would suffer, did he mean the UMNO Malays. The majority of the Perakians are angry that an elected government was neglected, and this feeling is shared by all cutting across race. I think Hishammuddin should be more specific next time.

MIC youth deputy chief Murugesan vowed to protect the monarchy and the constitution. Wise words indeed. But when the constitution is kept aside, temples destroyed, and Indians were marginalised, what the heck did he do. The constitution also protects the Indians.

The MCA youth deputy had a classical piece to say, what is true remains true and what is false remains false. What was he referring to?   

 

BN Youth says ‘they will pay the price’

By Shannon Teoh and Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 – Barisan Nasional Youth made a thinly-veiled threat tonight against Pakatan Rakyat that it would suffer the consequences for not respecting the monarchy.

At a pro-monarchy gathering tonight, its chairman Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that “those who are willing to destroy or damage the royalty and betray the country will pay the price”.

“Who says Umno Youth has no spirit and is not brave? We will show them,” he said to cheers from a 5,000-strong crowd of predominantly Umno Youth members.

“What do we do to these traitors? We drive them out,” he added.

He warned that tonight was only a wave which will end up as a “tsunami” against those who are “willing to risk the honour of the nation and the institution of the monarchy”.

“Our independence and the freedom to choose our government was only gained with the support of the rulers yet certain individuals are willing to give this away,” he said.

BN Youth supporters had begun to gather from 8pm and most were clad in yellow t-shirts to listen to component party youth leaders as well as Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir whose government is the subject of a constitutional crisis which BN claims is due to PR’s willingness to commit treason against the Perak Sultan who had appointed Zambry as the new MB.

Shouts of “Daulat Tuanku (Long live the King)” were interspersed with abuse hurled at PR leaders such as de facto PKR chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP chairman Karpal Singh, who had said that he would sue the Sultan for his role in the power grab by BN in Perak.

Hishammuddin also called DAP chairman Karpal Singh “rude” and Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin a “traitor”.

However, at a press conference after the gathering, he said that the event was to allow BN Youth to vent its frustrations “in a controlled environment”.

“They should not go out on the streets and incite hatred. It is not BN culture to demonstrate on the streets,” he said.

Hishammuddin had claimed during his speech that if things were allowed to continue this way, then Malays would suffer.

Earlier in the night however, youth leaders from MCA and MIC as well as from Sabah and Sarawak, gave their full support to the move to declare their loyalty to the Malay rulers.

Conspicuously, several said that “we are with you”, clearly denoting that this was an Umno-led campaign, as reflected by several slogans seen that night calling for the defence of Malay honour.

“We have accepted constitutional monarchy and from across the South China Sea, we are with you to say that the youth of Sarawak are loyal to this system,” PBB Youth chief Fadillah Yusof said.

MIC Youth deputy chief S. Murugesan echoed this sentiment, declaring that the wing was “with you to support the royalty and uphold the constitution”.

MCA Youth deputy secretary-general Loh Chew June however, called on PR to stop its conspiracy of making false accusations against BN.

“Stop your baseless allegations. What is true remains true and what is false remains false,” he said.

Head teacher attacked: ‘This is for the hell you gave me at school 14 years ago’ | Mail Online

Head teacher attacked – ‘This is for the hell you gave me at school 14 years ago’

By Jaya Narain
Last updated at 12:29 AM on 20th February 2009

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Head teacher Kieran Heakin is recovering from the injuries he received – apparently from a former pupil

After the attack: Head teacher Kieran Heakin is recovering from the injuries he received – apparently from a former pupil

A former pupil allegedly smashed two glasses into the face of a headmaster in what was apparently ‘revenge’ for his miserable schooldays.

The man is thought to have borne a grudge for more than a decade after falling out with teachers at his primary school.

The victim, Kieran Heakin, suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to hospital, where he is recovering.

Despite suffering several broken bones, the 57-year-old – a committed Christian – has vowed to forgive his attacker.

The incident happened on Tuesday as Mr Heakin enjoyed a meal in an Indian restaurant with two friends.

As Mr Heakin was tucking into a curry at Kapana in Rochdale, the man approached the table. He asked: ‘Are you Mr Heakin?’ Mr Heakin replied: ‘Yes’.

Then the former pupil allegedly said: ‘You made my life a hell in school’ before attacking him.

After the incident, Mr Heakin, the headmaster of St John’s RC Primary in Burn-ley, Lancashire, was taken to hospital suffering from a broken nose, a broken cheekbone, a fractured eye socket and a broken jaw.

Doctors are also treating him for broken ribs and say he will need extensive medical care and facial reconstructive surgery.

Mr Heakin, who has been a teacher for 34 years, said: ‘I’d walked into the restaurant with some friends when the lad opposite introduced himself to me and asked if remembered him.
Mr Heakin before he was attacked in the curry house

Innocent victim: Mr Heakin before he was attacked in the curry house

‘He told me I’d taught him at primary school. It’s not unusual for me to bump into former pupils. They usually come up and say “Can I buy you a drink?” or something like that.’

Mr Heakin, a grandfather of three, added: ‘I’m not going to let this one episode spoil everything. I’m a committed Christian and I’ve chosen to forgive this young man.

‘I need to be able to stand up in front of my kids and say I practise what I preach.

‘I can’t think why he would harbour a grudge for all these years.

‘I remember him as a curly-haired little boy from his school days. He came to us with a bit of attitude and we did everything we could for him.

There wasn’t a problem with him when he left. He seemed a decent youngster.

‘Some time down the line I’d like to sit down with him and see what’s gone wrong. I’d ask him why it’s come to this.

‘He might not be my pupil any more but I will help him in any way I can.’

Mr Heakin’s son Damien, 30, said: ‘Whoever has done this is not even fit to lace my father’s shoelaces. He is a rock of a man and his attacker is simply a coward.’

He added: ‘He is talking but is on quite strong painkillers. He is stable and we are all sure he will pull through this. To attack anyone like that is just cowardly. It was completely unprovoked.’

The police are investigating Mr Heakin’s claim that his attacker was a former pupil.

A married father of three, Mr Heakin was twice mayor of Whitworth, near Rochdale, and he also works as a prison service counsellor.

A man in his 20s from Rochdale has been charged with assault and criminal damage in connection with the incident.