Ministry urged to investigate bullying case in Kuching boarding school

Dr Yii (right) serving lunch to residents of Hung Nam Siang Tng's home for the aged.

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by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Jan 22: The Education Ministry (MOE) has been urged to investigate a recent bullying case involving three students from a boarding school in the city.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said bullying in school is a serious matter and the ministry must take it seriously.

“I will asked the MOE to investigate. Schools are suppose to be safe places for students to gain knowledge. Bullying will effect not just physical harm but also emotional distress on victims,” he said after visiting some 35 residents of Hun Nam Siang Tng’s home for the aged today.

On Jan 19, Padawan police chief Supt Aidil Bolhassan in a statement confirmed that three Form 1 students from a boarding school at Jalan Batu Kawa-Matang suffered bruises to their bodies after being allegedly attacked by their ‘seniors’ from Form 3 and Form 5.

Police are currently investigating the case under Section 147 of Penal Code.

Dr Yii (standing fourth right) in a photo-call at the pre-Chinese New Year event with residents from Hun Nam Siang Tng’s home for the aged.

Meanwhile, Dr Yii believed that punishing those found guilty will not solve the problem.

“Instead, bullies should be given appropriate counseling and education, to find out why they resort to bullying others. I strongly advise students and their schools to report bullying cases,” he added.

Meanwhile, in the spirit of Chinese New Year, Dr Yii also distributed ang pows to 35 poeople and contributed RM10,000 to Hung Nam Siang Tng. — DayakDaily