AN­OTHER MRSM STU­DENT BULLIED

Par­ents of 14-yearold lodge re­port in Alor Ga­jah

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LAILI ISMAIL

KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

JUST days af­ter 10 Mak­tab Ren­dah Sains Mara (MRSM) Parit se­niors were ex­pelled for as­sault­ing six ju­niors, an­other bullying case has been re­ported, this time at MRSM Alor Ga­jah.

The par­ents of a 14-year-old stu­dent lodged a re­port claim­ing that their son had been bru­tally as­saulted by seven se­niors at his school hos­tel.

The re­port said the Form Two stu­dent suf­fered bruises all over his body af­ter he was re­peat­edly slapped, punched and kicked in the 3am in­ci­dent on May 6.

Ini­tially, the boy’s mother did not plan to tell the me­dia, but af­ter read­ing a New Straits Times’s re­port pub­lished on May 19 on the bullying case at MRSM Parit, she de­cided not to keep quiet about it.

She said the se­niors bullied her son into car­ry­ing out tasks, such as get­ting drinks or cook­ing in­stant noo­dles.

It was learnt that a group of mostly Form Three stu­dents reg­u­larly or­dered Form Two stu­dents to do favours, such as iron­ing shirts, pre­par­ing in­stant noo­dles and de­liv­er­ing boxed drinks and cig­a­rettes.

“My son had been com­ply­ing with what­ever they de­manded, and nei­ther me nor my hus­band knew that he was be­ing bullied,” the mother said.

She said things got worse on May 6 when her son was asked to ei­ther get the se­niors three boxed drinks or get beaten up. Her son did as he was told and went to sleep.

But, at 3am, 10 Form Three stu­dents woke him up and took him to a dorm room filled with se­niors.

He was placed in the mid­dle of the room and made to squat. The se­niors kicked his legs and back, and punched his arms. One of them re­peat­edly slapped his face with a san­dal.

“My son was asked to pick an op­po­nent to spar with, but he didn’t as he did not know how to fight,” the mother said.

She said the bul­lies sub­jected an­other Form Two stu­dent to sim­i­lar tor­ture.

She said she and her hus­band only came to know about the in­ci­dent later that af­ter­noon when they vis­ited him.

“We took him to the Alor Ga­jah po­lice head­quar­ters and hos­pi­tal be­fore gath­er­ing his be­long­ings in his dorm room and bring­ing him home to Bangi.”

De­spite be­ing phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally trau­ma­tised, the stu­dent begged his mother to al­low him to re­turn to school.

But, af­ter see­ing his school­mates ridi­cul­ing him on In­sta­gram for be­ing a snitch, he changed his mind.

The mother said her son was up­set that his school­mates had turned on him be­cause he in­formed his par­ents and the war­den about what had hap­pened.

“He was dev­as­tated. He told me that he thought he had done the right thing by re­port­ing the as­sault. He keeps ask­ing why his school­mates are an­gry at him.”

An­gered by what had be­fallen her son, the mother, who is a banker, con­tacted the moth­ers of the stu­dents who branded her son a barua (lackey).

The banker said the school had, in their re­port on May 9, sug­gested that four of the 11 iden­ti­fied bul­lies be ex­pelled and three sus­pended for a week, but four face no ac­tion.

“On May 11, my hus­band and I went to the Mara head­quar­ters to pur­sue the mat­ter, as the school could not take any ac­tion with­out the head­quar­ters’ ap­proval.

“We were told that they (Mara) were aware of the case and in­ves­ti­gat­ing it.

“We were not sat­is­fied with their re­sponse, so we re­turned on May 15 and met one of the di­rec­tors. He told us the case was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

“I told them that sterner ac­tion must be taken against the bul­lies, but I have been told that they (the bul­lies) are now back in school af­ter be­ing sus­pended for a mere two weeks.”

The mother high­lighted the case to other par­ents in a What­sApp group and learned that the same group of stu­dents had bullied other Form Two stu­dents on April 26 and May 4.

She was told that the par­ents of the bul­lies were VVIPs and one of them had texted her hus­band to ask for for­give­ness on be­half of their son, who had him­self been bullied in the past.

It was learnt that one of the bul­lies had been trans­ferred to Alor Ga­jah from a dif­fer­ent MRSM due to a bullying in­ci­dent.

The mother said this bullying cul­ture must be stopped as it would cre­ate a vi­cious cy­cle and more bully cases in the fu­ture.

PIC BY ROSELA ISMAIL

The mother of a bullied MRSM Alor Ga­jah stu­dent read­ing NST’s re­port on bullying.

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