PETALING JAYA: The Johor State Education Department (JPN Johor) is investigating an incident in which a secondary school student was reportedly caned by her teacher, leaving red welts on her arms and legs.
This was confirmed by Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching, although efforts to contact JPN Johor and the school for comment have been unsuccessful.
In a video which has gone viral on social media, a woman, believed to be the student’s mother, quizzes a male teacher about his act of caning the girl.
“You cannot cane her like this, look at her, look at her hands,” the woman says, showing the welts on the girl’s arms and legs.
“You are a teacher, you cannot do this, you are wrong. She only said words to you, she did not hit you, did she? If she hit you then it would be fine for you to hit her back.”
The teacher asks if the woman knows what the girl called him, to which she says, “Yes, ah kua (effeminate).
“But she apologised, is that not enough?” she added.
The man says however that the girl only apologised after being caned and after her friend told her to do so.
Photos of the girl’s bruises are also making the rounds on social media, alongside the video.