Deputy Prime Minister: No More Meals Near Toilet for Pupils

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday promised stern action against a school if it was true that it had allegedly forced its non-Muslim pupils to have their meals at a changing room next to the toilets during recess.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said in his Twitter account in Bahasa Malaysia that he had directed the ministry to investigate the claim that became viral online.

Deputy Education Minister II P. Kamalanathan's special officer, Yogendran Subramanium, who visited the school yesterday, said the area depicted in the Facebook posting was an unused changing room.

During the visit, which was also attended by several officers from the ministry's director-general's office, the headmaster Mohamad Nasir Mohd Noor explained that the school had used two changing rooms since March for the students to have their meals as the canteen was not big enough for all the pupils there. He said the school management did not think the matter would become a national issue as students, regardless of race, had used the rooms to eat before this.

The headmaster claimed that the school canteen can't hold more than 300 students at a time. Children would sit on the canteen steps, beside the big drains or just eat while standing and we were worried about their safety and comfort.

I've spotted another picture on Facebook this morning that even teachers are taking their meals during "Sahur" at the same changing room as well. The truth of this picture are yet to be confirmed and discussed.

Does it still useful? Would it be too late to tell the audience that the educators are actually doing the same thing with pupils? Sigh...

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