Corpun file 14980
The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 11 January 2005
Punishment must not be excessive or unnecessary
IT was first day of school in a secondary school in Taman
Connaught, Cheras, and the pupils were all in high spirits and
looking forward to a new year.
However, all these were dampened by the strict discipline of
the school even before the pupils stepped into their respective
Boys were hauled up by the school prefects for offences such
as sporting hair that touches the collar and wearing
Girls were caught for wearing mini-skirts and having more than
one piercing per ear.
Without giving prior notice, the boys were given public
canning [sic], their hair was cropped and the girls were made to pull
their ears and perform the standing-squatting punishment.
This school has been known for its strict enforcement of
discipline. More often than not, pupils are punished for small
The school authority must review its disciplinary system to
see whether teachers have abused their authority and punish their
pupils unnecessarily or excessively.
They have created a lot of fear among the pupils and, as a
result, some of them stay away from school during days when spot
checks are expected to be conducted.
I hope the school will seriously look into these problems and
help create a conducive environment for the pupils and
Counselling would be a better option than punishment for small
A CONCERNED PARENT,
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Corpun file 14975
New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 18 January 2005
Mother outraged by teacher's punishment
ALOR STAR, Jan 18: A Form Two pupil was given 18
strokes of the cane by his Bahasa Malaysia teacher for not
completing his assignments.
Megat Mohd Asri Megat Wahab's mother says the teacher
overstepped his bounds and lodged a police report after Sunday's
The teacher, on the other hand, countered that he had an
agreement with the students of SMK Kepala Batas that they would
be punished for not finishing their homework. The caning was
aimed at teaching students to take their responsibilities
seriously, he said.
Megat Mohd Asri said that he was assigned 10 essays on Jan 9.
He only completed one and was caned 18 times on Sunday, two
lashes for each piece of uncompleted work.
The 14-year-old boy said that eight others who did not complete
their homework were given between eight and 20 lashes each.
Megat Mohd Asri said the punishment took place in front of the
"I did not understand the questions and I did not know how
to ask. When he caned me, I did not cry but I could hardly sit
afterwards. It was so painful that I could not sit while riding
my bicycle home.
"I kept quiet when I got home because I was afraid of being
scolded for not finishing my homework. However, I had to tell my
older sister and mother when they asked why I did not want to
take a shower," he said at his home in Kampung Teluk, Bukit
Pinang here yesterday.
His mother Rohani Yaacob, 46, has lodged a police report at
Kepala Batas police station.
"I believe in memukul untuk mengajar (caning in order
to teach) but this is too much. I cried when I saw his buttocks
all bruised and swollen.
"I admit my son is a bit slow but this is not the way to
encourage him to learn," she said.
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Corpun file 14985
Bernama Malaysian National News Agency, Kuala Lumpur, 21 January 2005
Hishammuddin Views Caning Of Student Seriously
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 (Bernama) -- Education Minister Datuk
Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has expressed concern over the
caning of a student in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kepala Batas
in Alor Star on Sunday although the teacher explained it was done
to instil discipline.
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He said though some regarded it as an isolated case, there was a
lesson to be learned from the incident as schools are supposed to
be a safe, conducive and harmonious place to acquire education.
The ministry's schools division and the state education
department would investigate the incident and submit a full
report to him, he said a statement Thursday.
A Form Two Bahasa Malaysia teacher in the school caned a boy 18
times apparently as punishment for failing to complete nine of
the 10 essay assignments set for him since Jan 9.
Two days after the incident, the student, Megat Mohd Asri Megat
Wahab, 14, complained of difficulty in sitting or riding his
His mother lodged a police report.
The 40-year-old teacher was also reported to have punished eight
other students with eight to 20 strokes of the cane for the same
"Once I receive the report, I will study it carefully and
will not hesitate to take the appropriate action if there is
evidence that the teacher had exceeded his authority," said
He said he was also concerned about another incident of a teacher
of Sekolah Kebangsaan La Salle in Taman Ipoh, Perak, who
allegedly forced students to swallow bread a few days ago.