Gerakan condemns school principle for uttering racist statements Kohilan wants principal to be sacked if found guilty Press statement by Gerakan Vice-President A. Kohilan Pillay

Barely than a week after the meals in toilet incident at SK Seri Pristana in Sungai Buloh, another incident has been reported in Shah Alam where the school principal
of SM Alam Megah  apparently told her non-Malay students to ‘Balik Cina and Balik India’ during her speech during the school assembly. Gerakan views this incident seriously and again calls on the Education Ministry to conduct an in depth investigation into these allegations.
 
“The racial temperature must be toned down to avoid any untoward incident. The escalation of racialism after the general election is very unhealthy and detrimental to nation building. It is also threatening the call for national reconciliation by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. ”
 
Kohilan pointed out that remark made by the school principal is a symptom of a greater problem of overt racialism. He urged the government to take the necessary steps to instill respect for multi-racialism among civil servants and teachers. He said if this problem is left unchecked then it will unravel the multi-racial fabric of this country and disrupt national unity and harmony.
 
“I urge the government to act fast on this incident to show that it does not tolerate any racism. Schools are supposed to be a place to educate our children and young about love and respect. Instead, we have someone who is embarrassingly the school principle of all people telling the students to go back to China or India, it is really regrettable and disheartening. It is affront to our national identity as Malaysians first.”

“How can we guide and nurture our children to think and act as Malaysians, if we adults act like rabid racists ourselves? Therefore, I hope that government will take immediate action by suspending the principal initially and sack her if she is found guilty.” said Kohilan.

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