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Friday, 14 November 2008

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Mum sees red over funeral video clip shown in school

By KAREN CHAPMAN and TAN EE LOO

PETALING JAYA: A parent has lodged a police report against a school for allegedly showing an inappropriate video clip to Muslim pupils.

Intan Sabrina Mohamad said her eight-year-old son was terrified on Thursday after watching the 20-minute video clip that had explicit images of a corpse.

She said her son’s religious teacher had allegedly inflicted fear in the pupils by telling them, “you need to pray or this will happen to you.”

“My son said he’s seen hell and cried when I tried to put him to bed on Thursday night,” said the boy’s father Michael O’Leary.

O’Leary said the video clip should have been scrutinised by child psychologists to evaluate its impact before being shown in school.

The video clip allegedly shows scenes of funeral services and a corpse wrapped in white cloth with effects of thunder and lightning.

It had the words Sajak Kematian (Poem of death) at the bottom of the clip.

Intan Sabrina, a rehabilitation physician, said her son told her some pupils cried after watching the video.

The mother of two said a parent-teacher association meeting would be held tomorrow to look into the matter.

She lodged a police report at the Damansara Police Station on Friday morning.

According to the police report, a religious teacher had said he did not have to submit the video for scrutiny.

It is learnt he refused to withdraw the video which was shown during an extra-curriculum religious education programme.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has instructed his officers to get to the bottom of the matter.


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