Orang Asli girl, 10, tied up and kicked by teachers for allegedly stealing money

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6 June 2015

Free Malaysia Today

Girl says boy stole teacher’s money and gave her RM2

July 6, 2015

She says a week later, the teacher asked her to take RM3 from his car, then snapped shots of her with the money before beating her up

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Orang Asli student who was tied up and beaten by three male teachers for allegedly stealing money from one of them admitted that she was present when the theft took place.

The details emerged today in a Facebook posting on the Centre for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) after she was interviewed by the NGO’s staff Nasir Dollah.

The Standard 4 student, Siti Nur Azdilia, from Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Betis was playing with other classmates when an unnamed male pupil had spotted money in the teacher’s car.

Siti said he entered the car and took the money during recess on June 8 and gave her RM2 and another female pupil RM1.

A week later, Cikgu Aris, whose money it was that was allegedly stolen, asked Siti to go to his car and take RM3 from it.

With the money in her hand, he made her pose for photographs as “evidence” of her theft.

He then brought her to the teacher’s staff room and proceeded to kick and slap her along with two other male teachers, on the head, back, hands and thighs.

Siti also related to Nasir how they had tied a string around her neck like a leash and dragged her to the door where she was kicked and pushed. She also said there were other teachers in the room at the time.

The abuse did not stop there. After they were done with her, the teachers tied-up her hands and detained her in the staff room until the end of the school session.

She was fed plain rice and chicken by the teacher, after which Siti was taken to another building where her name was recorded. She was then sent to a bus stop.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/07/06/girl-says-boy-stole-teachers-money-and-gave-her-rm2/

Malaysian Insider

Unhappy grandma shoos officials from home of abused Orang Asli girl

Government officials who attempted to take photographs yesterday at the home of the Temiar girl allegedly assaulted by three teachers at school were stopped by the girl’s grandmother, said Centre of Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) coordinator Dr Colin Nicholas.

He said the 10-year-old’s grandmother was not pleased by the unexpected presence of the officials from the Education Department and Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa), who were accompanied by the headmaster and deputy headmaster of Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Setis in Gua Musang, Kelantan.

They are believed to be siding with the three teachers suspected in the assault and a middleman named “Ali”, who allegedly threatened the girl’s relative, a 10-year-old boy, last Thursday.

“They came around noon and wanted to take pictures of the children but were not allowed as the children were still traumatised,” he said when contacted today.

He said the department officials should be more independent in their investigation, without involving the headmaster, who is believed to be involved in attempts to persuade the girl’s family to withdraw their police report.

“The officials should have approached the family’s lawyer, Siti Zainah, beforehand.

“Police have also taken photographs and are in the midst of completing their report to be referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action,” he said.

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Malaysian Insider

No arrests in alleged Orang Asli pupil abuse case, say Kelantan cops

No arrests have been made in the investigation of three teachers who allegedly tied up, kicked and beat an Orang Asli pupil from Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Betis who was accused of stealing money, said Kelantan police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim.

He said it was not common practice for police to detain suspects under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt, the section under which the case of the 10-year-old Temiar girl was being investigated.

Mazlan added that police would be checking on another report lodged by Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) project coordinator Koong Hui Yein in Subang Jaya today, that another Orang Asli child, a relative of the pupil who was tied up and beaten, had been threatened and intimidated over the case.

Mazlan advised those helping the Orang Asli to make a direct report in Gua Musang, where the alleged abuse by the teachers happened.

“It would make investigations easier. Come and tell us directly. Police will take the appropriate action to solve this case,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

A “middle man” had allegedly asked the family to withdraw their report on behalf of one of the teachers, or face trouble.The person had allegedly told the family that the teachers could make things hard for them as he has connections with police.

30 June 2015

Malaysian Insider

Orang Asli pupil tied, kicked by teachers for allegedly stealing money

A 10-year-old Temiar pupil was tied up, kicked and beaten up by her teachers after being accused of stealing money from one of them, indigenous people’s advocacy group Centre of Orang Asli Concerns(COAC) coordinator Dr Colin Nicholas said.

The Standard 4 pupil of Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Betis in Gua Musang, Kelantan, sustained bruises on the face, arms and thigh because of the beating.

“She was accused of stealing. We do not know if it is true but even if it is, this is not the right way to do it,” Nicholas told The Malaysian Insider. He had also posted about the incident on the COAC Facebook page.

A police source, however, has confirmed to The Malaysian Insider that such an incident happened and the case was now being investigated under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt.

Nicholas said the case occurred on June 15 but did not know if any action had been taken against the teachers.

There were, however, attempts to get the victim’s family to withdraw their report which was lodged by the victim’s grandmother at the Gua Musang district police station on June 27.

“I was told that the teachers still teaching at the school. The headmaster did come to visit but had requested for the family to withdraw their report and let the school handle the matter internally. How can you do this?” said Nicholas.

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Accused of stealing some money from a teacher, a Standard 4 Temiar schoolgirl was tied up and beaten by three teachers at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Betis on 15 June 2015. She was also kicked. Her body had numerous bruises on her face, arms and thigh.

We got to know of this the next day when our group returned to Kuala Betis from Kampung Pahong in Gua Musang. The JOAS-COAC team together with 12 community leaders and organizers from PACOS-Sabah had spent the night in Kampung Pahong for the last of the 3-day sewang held to end the mourning period of the late Pakcik Arom.

Discussion with JOAS-COAC-PACOS before visiting the girl’s family.

The newly-formed JOAS (Temiar) Women’s group based in Kampung Angkek was upset over the incident and was not sure how to go about getting redress. Fortunately in our group were teachers and trainers from PACOS-Sabah who were experienced in handling such cases, including providing the necessary counseling for the victim.

After a short discussion, the women decided to visit the girl and her parents and to encourage them to make a police report. And also to plan further action. Our group also joined them. Interviews were conducted with the girl and the family to get the full story.

Tryng to get the girl’s side of the story. The bruises and swelling were still visible a day after the beating.

According to Deena, the girl’s aunt, the girl was tied up and beaten by Cikgu Saki, Cikgu Arif and Cikgu Salib the day before (15 June 2015), until her face and arms were bruised, while her thigh was kicked by the teachers. The aunt brought the girl to the nearby government clinic the next day. The doctor took some photographs of the injuries and said that a report would be prepared once a police report was lodged.

It was the girl’s grandmother, Andak binti Caling, who eventually made the police report at the Gua Musang district police station on 27 June 2015.

Andak outside her house which is a distance away from the main village. Hence her fears that somebody can easily cause her harm without anyone knowing.

This was not the end of the story.  On Sunday, 28 June 2015, a friend of one of the teachers, an Encik Ali, who is known to the girl’s grandmother, visited her at her farm house. He came with his wife and two children. He asked Andak to withdraw the police report, intimating that the teacher had connections with the police and that she can face a tough time the whole year ahead, having to make statement after statement.

He also told her that the teacher had evidence that the girl had stolen the money. Then he left.

But he also left the grandmother in a state of fear and great stress. She contacted JOAS project coordinator Yein who promptly made a police report on the matter that night at the Subang Jaya police station. (See earlier note for the police report.)

That same day, word was being received from the school that the headmaster and some teachers wanted to meet the grandmother the next day (Monday) to ask her to withdraw the police report. A small support group was galvanized to reassure Andak and to work out the next course of action.

The headmaster and some others did make a visit to Andak at her house on Monday.

Some of the members of the JOAS-Women (Temiar section) discussing the case on 16 June 2015.

But at about the same time a meeting was called for at Kampung Parik for some community leaders to meet and discuss the case.  Nora, Deena and Andak of the women’s group attended, as did Dendi, Alang, Daud and Anjang of the Temiar network, among others.

The general consensus is that teachers who gang up among themselves to hit helpless children should not be allowed to teach in schools. No matter what the reason they may say they have for doing so. And schools should not protect such teachers.

The group resolved that they did not want to meet the teachers but instead wanted the police to investigate the case fully.

Also present at the meeting was local lawyer Siti Zainah who agreed to make sure the case is taken up by the Public Prosecutor.

The case has been verbally reported to SUHAKAM, the Malaysian Human Rights Commission, during a visit by JOAS leaders to the Commission on 23 June 2015.

We have been hearing of a number of similar cases happening to Orang Asli schoolchildren in Kelantan and Perak especially. JOAS, the Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia, is now asking our members to report such cases to us so that a list can be compiled to show the extent of such crimes being committed in Orang Asli schools.

CN-COAC | 29 June 2015

Pada 28hb Jun 2015, jam lebih kurang 10.12pm, saya terima panggilan daripada rakan saya nama Andak binti Caling (No.Telefon: ——) seorang Orang Asli suku kaum Temiar dari Kampung Betak, Kuala Betis dan dia beritahu saya bahawa pada 28hb Jun 2015, jam 9.35pm seorang Melayu bernama Ali yang berasal dari Kampung Asam, Kuala Betis datang ke rumah Andak dengan isteri dia dan dua orang anak kecil dia.

Ali mengatakan kepada Andak bahawa Andak harus tarik diri daripada kes yang Andak telah laporkan kepada Balai Polis Gua Musang pada 27hb Jun 2015 dengan Nombor Repot GUAMUSANG/004998/15. Ali mahu Andak tutup kes.

Ali adalah sahabat kepada cikgu yang mendera Siti Nur Azdilia (Sijil Nombor BJ 48174) di mana Siti adalah cucu Andak. Ali katakan cikgu itu bayar polis. Cikgu ada bukti menunjukkan Siti telah mencuri duit cikgu. Ali katakan jika Andak tak tutup kes, Andak akan ‘statement’ panjang-panjang tahun. Lepas itu, Ali pun tinggalkan rumah Andak.

Andak sekarang dalam ketakutan.

Berdasarkan pada mak cik kepada Siti namanya Deena (No.Telefon ——), pada 15hb Jun 2015, diSekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Betis, Siti telah diikat dan dipukul oleh Cikgu Saki, Cikgu Arif dan Cikgu Salib sehingga muka dan lengan dia penuh dengan lebam serta paha dia ditendang oleh cikgu juga setelah didapati mengambil duit cikgu.

Deena telah bawa Siti ke klinik untuk jumpa doktor pada 16hb Jun 2015. Doktor telah mengambil gambar luka-luka Siti dan katakan surat doktor akan disediakan selepas lapuran polis telah dibuat untuk Siti.

Seandainya Siti mengambil duit cikgu, Siti masih tidak boleh diberi hukuman pukulan sehingga muka lebam atau tendangan di mana-mana bahagian badan. Hukuman kepada Siti adalah satu penderaan dan telah melanggari Konvensyen Hak Kanak-Kanak (CRC) dan juga melanggari Deklarasi Hak Orang Asal Pertubuhan Bangsa Bersatu (UNDRIP)

Pada 23hb Jun 2015, saya bersama rakan-rakan telah membuat laporan secara lisan kepada Pesuruhjaya Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (SUHAKAM). Pesuruhjaya yang menerima laporan lisan saya namanya Encik James Deva Nayagam. Encik James ada katakan bahawa SUHAKAM akan hubungi pihak SK Kuala Betis untuk membuat siasatan atas kes penderaan tersebut.

Kita berharap bahawa pihak polis akan membuat siasatan dan mengambil tindakan dengan serta-merta supaya keselamatan Andak binti Caling dan Siti Nur Azdilia terjamin.

Sekian, Terima Kasih.

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