KL declines to confirm if exam papers leak was 'inside job'

KL declines to confirm if exam papers leak was 'inside job'

TUMPAT - The Government is keeping mum on whether the UPSR exam leak was "an inside job" despite the fact that some have been identified as possible culprits.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said police obtained the names of the suspects with the help of Cyber Security Malaysia.

"Police have managed to get some leads and we are waiting for them to conclude investigations.

"Let us allow the authorities to investigate the case so that those responsible for leaking the papers will face the full brunt of the law," he told reporters in Pengkalan Kubor.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, however, declined to comment if the leak in the Science and English papers was "an inside job".

The Science and English papers had been leaked on social media before the UPSR students were to sit for them and the Education Ministry has announced that the students will resit the papers on Sept 30.

In a related development in Kuala Lumpur, City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said seven people, including a journalist, had their statements recorded to facilitate the investigations into the matter.

No arrest has been made so far.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin said the independent committee set up by the ministry would look at ways to improve the Examinations Syndi­cate, particularly on the part of security and secrecy.

He said while the standard operating procedure in delivering the examination papers had been followed, the process would have to be re-examined if investigations showed weaknesses.

Muhyiddin also urged parents to calm their children affected by the leak and not to let the incident affect them.

"My granddaughter is among those sitting for UPSR and she is worried over what happened. Her parents and I had to calm and pacify her and convince her that everything is alright," he added.

The Examinations Syndicate chief Dr Na'imah Ishak and deputy Dr Wan Ilias Wan Salleh have been suspended with immediate effect over the leak.

Education deputy director-general (Teaching Professionalism Development Sector) Datuk Misrah Ibrahim will take over the duties and responsibilities of the director during the period of suspension.

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