Teacher in ‘mon­ster mum’ case hailed

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By KATH­LEEN ANN KILI kili@thes­tar.com.my

JO­HOR BARU: The school­teacher who helped alert the au­thor­i­ties to the two young girls be­ing pros­ti­tuted by their mother has been hailed as a hero by the pub­lic.

Praise for the teacher came from many via The Star’s Face­book page, where the shock­ing story was posted.

They com­mended her for re­spond­ing quickly af­ter she re­ceived a mes­sage for help from one of the girls.

The two half-sis­ters, aged 10 and 13, were ex­ploited by their un­em­ployed mother, who forced them to have sex with Bangladeshi men on sev­eral oc­ca­sions at a bud­get ho­tel.

The older girl, who was ab­sent from school for 18 days, had reached out to her teacher for help through a mes­sage sent via the mother’s mo­bile phone. This prompted the teacher to alert the school au­thor­ity and the mat­ter was re­ferred to the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment, Wel­fare Depart­ment, and po­lice.

The “mon­ster mother” of the chil­dren was sen­tenced to 150 years’ im­pris­on­ment af­ter plead­ing guilty to 10 charges of pros­ti­tut­ing the girls.

Face­book user Muhd Adam com­mented that the teacher was the real hero and showed that she loved the chil­dren more than the mother.

State Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment di­rec­tor Sha­harudin Sharif said that while teach­ers have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the well-be­ing of their stu­dents at school, there was a cer­tain risk in such cases.

“Teach­ers are ad­vised not to take mat­ters into their own hands and should re­port to the school au­thor­i­ties so that they can in­form the rel­e­vant agen­cies. We can never be too care­ful when it comes to chil­dren, as some­times al­le­ga­tions made by the chil­dren may not be en­tirely true and that could back­fire on us,” he added.

Sha­harudin also com­mended the teacher’s swift ac­tion in in­form­ing the school prin­ci­pal re­gard­ing the case.

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