Tu­ition cen­tre or­dered to close fol­low­ing abuse probe

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JO­HOR BARU: A tu­ition cen­tre here has been or­dered to close pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into child abuse claims in­volv­ing a pupil who was scalded with a heated wok by a tu­ition teacher.

Jo­hor Ed­u­ca­tion, In­for­ma­tion, Health and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Ayub Rah­mat said the de­ci­sion was made af­ter the case was high­lighted by a fam­ily mem­ber of the 7-year-old vic­tim.

Since Mon­day, po­lice have ar­rested three of the cen­tre’s staff — two fe­male teach­ers and a male teacher’s as­sis­tant, aged be­tween 23 and 34.

The cen­tre is in Ta­man Ungku Tun Ami­nah, Sku­dai.

It was learnt that the tu­ition cen­tre op­er­ates two other sub­sidiaries in Ta­man Per­ling and Ta­man Sku­dai In­dah.

It could not be es­tab­lished if they were or­dered to cease op­er­a­tions.

The num­ber of stu­dents af­fected by the clo­sure could not be de­ter­mined.

A source from the state Wel­fare De­part­ment said the de­part­ment was wait­ing for the green light from the fam­ily to visit the vic­tim, who is a Year One pupil of a Chi­nese school here. The boy is be­ing treated at a pub­lic hospi­tal.

It was re­ported that the fe­male tu­ition teacher al­legedly beat the boy with a rotan so se­verely that she left marks on his body.

She al­legedly tried to “erase” the wounds by ap­ply­ing heated wok and cups on the boy’s but­tocks, leav­ing him with sec­ond­de­gree burns.

The vic­tim al­legedly es­caped his tu­ition teacher’s house and hid with a neigh­bour, who later in­formed the boy’s 24year-old sis­ter about the in­ci­dent about 5pm on Sun­day.

The boy’s sis­ter lodged a re­port about 10pm the same day.

Images of the vic­tim’s badly-burnt body, which were sub­mit­ted as part of the re­port, were also cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia, to the hor­ror of Ne­ti­zens.

Datuk Ayub Rah­mat

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