Cops ‘adopt’ troubled school


GEORGE TOWN: The south Seberang Prai district police have adopted SMK Bandar Tasek Mutiara, the school with alleged bullying and gangsterism incidents.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the district police had also appointed an Indian liaison police officer to assist the school in handling such matters.

“OCPD Supt Abdul Shafee Abdul Samad has assured that police will supervise the school and monitor all that is happening in the school.

“Our intention is to ensure that the incidents do not arise again,” he told a press conference after opening the Penang Free School Mega Carnival 2016, which was in conjunction with the school’s bicentenary celebration at the school here yesterday.

Kamalanathan said the Education Ministry and the school authorities are looking for an amicable solution, not only for the current cases but also for a long-term solution.

“Police and the school are holding dialogues with the parents. Penang MIC is also working closely with these parties to get the best solution, and we welcome anyone who wishes to come and work together with us,” he said.

“Police are investigating and one of the school’s senior assistants has been transferred out.

“The two students who were suspended can appeal for reinstatement.

“According to the state Education Department, four students were suspended after a fighting incident, but only two of them appealed and were reinstated.

“I hope the other two students will appeal as soon as possible,” he added.

On the remark by Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy that the state Education Department should have taken stiffer action against the teacher of the school, Kamalanathan said: “We are not dictated by the opinion of an individual on what we should do in the Education Ministry.”

It was reported on April 3 that a group of people had held a protest outside the school in Simpang Ampat, Nibong Tebal, accusing it of keeping an eye shut over the alleged bullying and gangsterism there.


Source: The Star