The headmaster of SK Seri Pristana has debunked accusations that he is a racist, following the changing room-turned-canteen controversy at the school.
Mohd Nasir Mohd Noor said in an interview with Sinar Harian that he had previously worked with groups that included non-Malays and had also taught at a missionary school, where the board members were mainly non-Malays.
"We used to conduct programmes with various non-governmental organisations, many of the members being mainly Chinese and Indians," he said, adding that he had also allowed an elite Indian tuition centre to use Seri Pristana's facilities on Sunday.
"Therefore, there is no reason to accuse me of being a racist and, as a teacher, the important thing is to protect the welfare of the pupils," added Mohd Nasir.
He regretted that while the issue could have been settled internally, it was instead "blown out of proportion".
A controversy surfaced during Ramadan when a parent posted on Facebook a picture of pupils taking their meals at a portion of the school that was allegedly a toilet.
The school later dismissed allegations it was mistreating non-Malay pupils as the school canteen was being renovated and a changing room had been used as a makeshift cafeteria by both Muslm and non-Muslim pupils long before the fasting month.
The parent of the schoolgirl, who posted the picture, has since transferred out her daughter to another school.