Uproar over principal's slur
Fri, Feb 06, 2009
New Straits Times
>KULIM, MALAYSIA: The principal of a secondary school here is in trouble for an alleged religious slur against his students.

More than 20 parents of the school's students gathered outside the district education office here to demand an apology yesterday.

They claimed the principal had used the derogatory words thrice during an assembly on Sunday.

One of the parents, Y. Baskaran, said the principal should set a good example by fostering unity among students.

"The principal's action is an insult to the community. She should have refrained from using such words. I hope no one in responsible positions like her uses the words in future," he said.

Several parents had also lodged a police report the day after the incident.

Baskaran said narrow-minded civil servants such as the principal were obstructing the government's efforts to promote racial harmony in the country.

Baskaran, who represented the parents, handed a memorandum to district education officer Abu Bakar Md Ali.

Social worker S. Neelamegam, who was present at the gathering, said disciplinary action should be meted out to the principal to serve as a lesson to other civil servants.

Abu Bakar said he would refer the matter to the state Education Department.

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