Teacher on trial for punishing student: NUTP rallies support

NUTP secretary-general Henry Tan Huat Hock.

PETALING JAYA: The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has called for its members to come out in support of a teacher who has been charged with allegedly hurting a student in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

In a statement released on Friday, NUTP said it stood by the teacher, identified as “Cikgu Azizan”, whose case will be heard at the Seremban magistrates court.

“NUTP have appointed a lawyer to defend the teacher who is facing trial over the issue of taking disciplinary action against a student.

“NUTP also requests all teachers to lend their moral support to the accused by being present at the Seremban magistrates court from 8.30am, ” NUTP secretary-general Henry Tan Huat Hock said in the statement.

According to the facts of the case, Cikgu Azizan is said to have slapped a student over disciplinary issues, including the boy’s alleged involvement in glue-sniffing, bullying, assaulting other students and truancy.

On Oct 31, Cikgu Azizan was charged under Section 323 of the Penal Code which deals with punishment for voluntarily causing hurt. He faces one year in prison or a RM2,000 fine, or both, if he is convicted.

According to pendidik2u.my, a website dedicate to educators, Cikgu Azizan was released on bail of RM500 after the judge had set Dec 19 for the hearing.

The website also claimed that Azizan had been arrested and placed in the same cell with 13 others, including drug addicts, following his arrest. He was also said to have been handcuffed to another prisoner when he was led to the court room for his arraignment.

The pendidik2u.my website set up an online poll to garner support from the general public for Cikgu Azizan, with two options – “Yes, I support and pray for him” or “I’m neutral”.

As of this morning, an overwhelming 99.79%, comprising more than 87,100 respondents, have expressed their support for Cikgu Azizan, while only 181 people have opted to remain neutral.

The website also asked teachers who could not make it to the Seremban magistrate court to indicate their support by putting up the hashtag #PrayForCikguAzizan on various social media platforms.