KUALA LUMPUR: The public must stop defaming the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) following an alleged bullying incident that went viral on social media, the college’s parent-teacher association (PTA) said.
Lawyer Hasshahari Johari Mawi, representing the PTA, said the association has filed a police report in response to the widespread social media threats and insults targeting MCKK.
“The incident, which escalated over the past few weeks, has become uncontrollable, prompting necessary action from the PTA,” Hasshahari told reporters outside the Travers police station here today.
He added the report is intended to protect MCKK’s students, parents and teachers from ongoing online harassment.
“With this report, we hope the public will stop posting and commenting on defamatory content,” he said.
Hasshahari said he has been instructed by the PTA to take legal action against people defaming the college, including seeking injunctions to halt the spread of such posts.
He said the PTA believes at least three people were the source of the contentious posts on platforms like Instagram and Facebook.
“Some posts have been defamatory, and while the school addressed the incident internally, the spread of false information has necessitated legal proceedings,” he said.
He also said he is confident the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission will follow up on the case.
On Saturday, FMT reported that the mother of a Form Four student at a boarding school in Perak demanded the expulsion of a group of seniors, who allegedly assaulted her son in September.
The mother, who wanted to be known only as Puan F, said her son suffered a groin injury during the assault, yet the bullies were only given three strokes of the cane and community service.
She challenged the school for not enforcing its “you touch, you go” policy, which states that bullies will be expelled.
On Sunday, MCKK’s PTA criticised the family of the alleged bullying victim for posting videos related to the case on the internet, saying such actions had a negative impact on the college’s image.
The PTA said their actions interfered with the management of the college.