The case of a 10-year-old Temiar girl in Kelantan who was abused by her teachers has taken a new turn, with a “middle man” allegedly harassing a 10-year-old boy from the same school to gain more information on the case.A man known only as “Ali” had approached the boy at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Betis in Gua Musang yesterday, held his hand tightly, and wanted to know the details of the abuse the three teachers had allegedly inflicted on the girl, according to a police report lodged early this morning by Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) Project Coordinator Koong Hui Yein.
The police report was reproduced on Centre of Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) Facebook page.Koong said the man had singled out the boy because his mother had lodged a police report on Saturday against the teachers for allegedly abusing the girl on June 15.The boy’s mother is also the grandmother to the victim, who was said to have been tied up, kicked and beaten up by teachers after being accused of stealing money from them.
“Ali asked Kiso whether it (the abuse) had really happened and he urged Kiso to answer. Because Kiso was afraid, he kept quiet and said nothing. After Ali failed to obtain information from Kiso, he let Kiso go and left him,” wrote Koong in the police report.She said the boy’s mother was now worried and afraid that he may be “kidnapped, poisoned or beaten up”, and decided that he must remain housebound and not attend school until the case was over.
Koong said Ali was aware of the boy’s home address, as the man had already visited the family on June 28 to persuade them to withdraw the police report over the girl’s alleged abuse.When contacted, COAC coordinator Dr Colin Nicholas said such intimidation tactics were common in orang asli schools.”This is clearly a police case and a middle man is getting involved. He is obviously known by the headmaster and the teachers and is working on their behalf, and aggravating the situation.”This has caused students to stay away from the school. This is exactly what parents from other schools tell us: that orang asli pupils are abused, but they are too afraid to make reports for fear of the backlash from teachers.
“Whatever they fear in the past is coming true. The parents need reassurance from teachers, the police, and the ministry that their children’s safety is guaranteed.”The Malaysian Insider is attempting to contact the Kelantan police over the new development.Yesterday, The Malaysian Insider reported that the girl had sustained bruises on the face, arms and thigh because of the beating from her teachers after being accused of stealing money from one of them.The bruises sustained by the child were confirmed by a doctor at a general clinic near the village, lawyer Siti Zainah Zainal, who is overseeing the case, said yesterday.
“Her grandmother took her to the clinic the day after for treatment. The doctor said the reason why she did not lodge a report was because she cannot confirm that it was a result of beating or abuse.”Nevertheless, the bruises were everywhere on her body, her thigh, arms and her forehead. There was also a blood clot on her toenail,” said Siti Zainah.She said according to the girl’s grandmother, the child was accused of taking RM1 from one of the teachers’ car.The teacher then hauled the girl to the assembly ground at the school and allegedly beat her before he took her to the teachers’ room.
“She cried but she claimed that the other teachers had looked the other way when she was hit.She was slapped twice and the teacher had also allegedly stomped on her feet during the alleged assault, said Siti Zainah, adding that her information was based on what the girl had told her grandmother, who then told the lawyer.It was understood that two other male teachers were involved. – July 1, 2015.