Protest over racial slurs against Indians in Malaysia
About 500 angry ethic-Indians stage a protest outside a school demanding action against a teacher who allegedly called Indian students 'Negro', 'black monkeys' and other derogatory names.Updated: Aug 05, 2008 00:56 IST
About 500 angry ethic-Indians on Monday staged a protest outside a school demanding action against a teacher who allegedly hurled racial slurs against students from the community in western Malaysia's Selangaon state.
According to the police report, a woman history teacher had allegedly called Indian students in a Class four and five 'Negro', 'black monkeys' and other derogatory names.
The crowd began gathering outside the Banting school's main entrance near here at noon and staged a protest for two hours.
The teacher had also allegedly said that "Indians came from dogs" and the community members were stupid and prone to thuggery and thievery, the Star daily reported on its website.
The alleged incidents took place on July 17 and 22 when the teacher had allegedly beaten up some Indians students.
A students also alleged in his report that the teacher had written the word 'keling pariah' on the board and lost her cool when the Indian students told her that they did not like being called names, it said.
Coalition of Malaysian Indian NGOs secretary Gunaraj George, who was among the protesters, said such abuse would only breed hatred and racial polarisation in schools.
"No one in his or her right frame of mind would have said these things. Given this, the best option would be for the teacher to be assigned to a desk job and not be allowed to be near youngsters anymore," he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong said the schoolteacher might be sacked if the allegations proved true. "The allegations were serious as no one was allowed to insult others, especially in a school environment," said Wee, who was asked to comment.
The ministry was awaiting an official report before taking any action, he added.