Mahdzir: Teachers free to support colleague charged with assaulting student

Mahdzir-cikgu-azizanKUALA NERANG: The Education Ministry will not prevent teachers from rallying to show support for a colleague charged in court.

Minister Mahdzir Khalid said teachers were entitled to show comradeship.

“We would do the same thing for our friends,” he said after launching the Women’s Health Awareness campaign at Dataran Tepi Sungai here today.

He said this in commenting on the #PrayForCikguAzizan campaign and a statement issued by the National Union of The Teaching Profession calling for support for a teacher identified as “Cikgu Azizan”.

The teacher’s trial starts tomorrow for allegedly assaulting a student who had breached school discipline.

The case had gone viral on social media.

On a separate matter, Mahdzir said he viewed the actions of a 37-year-old male primary school teacher in Miri who allegedly wrote insulting comments on Islam and the Jerusalem issue as being rather extreme.

“We live in a world surrounded by diverse cultures and religions. Thus, I advise the public, especially teachers, to take heed of the sensitivity of an issue before making adverse comments on social media,” he said.

The teacher is under police probe. The US’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has angered Muslims worldwide

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