GEORGE TOWN - An 11-year-old schoolboy claimed he was slapped so hard by his school teacher that he suffered a ruptured eardrum.
Year Five pupil Tan Xin Ren, 11, said the teacher also smacked him in the back and pulled his ear in class.
"He was apparently upset because he saw me putting away my books before the lesson ended at 1.30pm on Tuesday.
"He called me to his table after all my classmates had left and smacked me in the back. He asked me why I kept talking in class and whether I had done my homework.
"He then told me to write my name and my father's handphone number. When I did not do it, he pulled my ear and asked how I could forget my father's phone number.
"When I raised my voice and shouted 'I don't know', he slapped me in the left cheek, and this affected my hearing," he said.
Tan was accompanied by his uncle Tan Tee Beng, the former Nibong Tebal MP, during a press conference at his residence in Gurney Drive here.
Tee Beng, who has since lodged a police report, said he had also met with the school headmistress who said the teacher involved was apologetic over the incident.
Tee Beng said his nephew's cheek was red and swollen as seen from a picture taken by his tuition teacher soon after the incident.
"We then brought him for a medical check-up, the videoscopy report shows that his left eardrum was injured. His hearing is now affected.
"We do not know if it is temporary or permanent," he said.