‘Knot’ amused by daugh­ter’s pun­ish­ment

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: A five­year­old girl was al­legedly bound and gagged by her kin­der­garten’s head­mistress in Se­ta­pak for be­ing too noisy.

The un­usual pun­ish­ment went un­no­ticed un­til the girl’s mother caught her ty­ing up her two­yearold brother at home on Nov 4.

“I scolded her and she said she was only do­ing what her teacher did to her when she was naughty,” said the mother, Teng Aai Hong, 36.

She was speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by MCA Pub­lic Ser­vices and Com­plaints Depart­ment chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong at Wisma MCA yes­ter­day.

Teng said she con­fronted the head­mistress over the mat­ter a few days later.

“She ad­mit­ted ty­ing up my daugh­ter but in­sisted that she didn’t do any­thing wrong be­cause that was her own method of dis­ci­plin­ing the chil­dren.

“She even demon­strated it by ty­ing up an­other child,” said Teng.

The mother re­moved her daugh­ ter from the kin­der­garten and lodged a po­lice re­port.

“My child could have suf­fo­cated,” she said.

Chong said the method is not right and that the head­mistress should know bet­ter than to dis­ci­pline young chil­dren in this way.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

(From left) The vic­tim, Teng and Chong show­ing copies of Teng’s po­lice re­port and pictures of the pun­ish­ment at Wisma MCA. Look­ing on are Chong’s lawyers, James Ee (left, back row) and Leong. Un­ac­cept­able pun­ish­ment:

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