PETALING JAYA - An assistant principal of a secondary school is being investigated for allegedly telling some students to "balik India, China."
Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan said the ministry was waiting for a report on the matter from officers handling the case.
"If indeed the allegations are true then the ministry will take appropriate action," he told The Star Online.
The teacher allegedly became angry after some students did not participate in singing the Negaraku during the weekly assembly at SMK Engku Husain in Semenyih, Kajang a few days ago.
School principal Abdul Ghafar Kunchi Mohd told The Star Online that the school had reported the matter to the ministry and the Selangor Education Department.
He said a meeting was held on Thursday over the matter with ministry representatives and the school's Parent-Teacher Association where both he and the assistant principal were present.
He declined to comment further saying that the matter was now in the ministry's hands.
PTA president Prof Datuk Ali Hasan lambasted teachers who felt it was acceptable to tell students to return to where their ancestors came from.
"In my opinion they need serious re-training to refresh their minds on acceptable teacher-student behaviour," he said.
Ali said that teachers and educators who were found to racialise education should remember their roles in guiding children.
"The spirit of bangsa Malaysia should be inculcated in them, so they will extend it to their students instead of dividing issues racially."
He said that educators who caused racial issues should be dealt with, regardless of position.
The incident comes shortly after several racially-toned incidents involving schools, including a case in August when a Shah Alam school principal was made to apologise to students for telling them to "go back to India, China or Indonesia".
Another case was that of SK Seri Pristana, where headmaster Mohd Nasir Mohd Noor was accused of being racist after non-Muslim students were found eating their meals in a changing room during the Ramadan month.