MCA spokesman and publicity bureau deputy chairman Wong Siew Mun said action must be taken against the male teacher who was exposed by Ain Husniza for making rape jokes, as well as against her principal who allegedly branded her as “satan’s spawn” on social media.
Wong explained that the Education Ministry must take action against misbehaving teachers, especially in light of the statements made by 17 -year-old Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam.
She added the warning of expulsion letter sent by the school authorities of SMK Puncak Alam to Ain Husniza for missing school must be reversed. Ain Husniza who recently exposed a male teacher for making rape jokes in class, had stopped attending school because she felt unsafe as the teacher is still teaching at the school.
Moreover, Ain Husniza received rape treats from a classmate and the school principal left comments under a Facebook post calling the teenager a “hypocrite” and “satan’s spawn”.
In a statement, Wong said, “the school authorities ought to have exercised discretion and simple common sense before they issued the letter warning of expulsion. As Ain’s parents have full knowledge of her whereabouts, clearly, this is not a case of skipping class but avoiding going to school out of fear for her personal safety.”
Furthermore, Wong asked, “is the school trying to wash their hands of the issue in the hope that once Ain, clearly a victim here, is no longer enrolled in her present, the case is considered closed, despite the severity of issues involving rape being dismissed?”
It has been two weeks since Ain Husniza’s relevations, the school and the Education Ministry has yet to act on the matter.
Also, Wong said that in order to raise awareness and understand about rape issues, the ministry could collaborate with women’s NGOS to organize courses for school authorities and teachers.
“it is hoped that after attending such courses, educators in particular, the school authorities, will be more sensitized to sexual assault issues, and respectful of gender equality,” she said.