January 21, 2008

The News is Getting Bigger!

I got this from a school mate of mine,
Posted my school group in Friendster.

It's from MalaysiaKini also
It's in English =D
Fatal fall: Teachers blamed of inaction

"Why did you bring him here?"

This was one of the questions allegedly posed by a teacher to a student who rushed to the aid of 15-year-old K Yashovan after his fatal fall in school last Tuesday.

The fourth former at the school in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, claimed that the teachers failed to react quickly to help his schoolmate.

"One of the teachers even asked why I brought him to their room, so I told the teacher, 'Where else do you want me to take him, to your house is it'?" he said. The boy's identity is withheld since he is still a minor.

The student related the incident to Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner N Siva Subramaniam at Yashovan's house, which is located next to the school, today.

"I was walking around when I heard a loud noise. I rushed out to see Yashovan's body sticking out of a sewerage manhole," said the 16-year-old student.

"I grabbed hold of his legs and pulled him out. He was struggling to breath. I then called out to several other boys and they helped me carry him to a room," he added.

The student claimed that there were several teachers in the room and one of them was allegedly more concerned about why his shirt was not tucked in.

"I got angry and told the teacher that this boy is hurt and you are asking me about my shirt. They then told me to put him on the floor. They were more interested in taking down a report on the incident than helping him. For a long time, they did nothing," he alleged.

Following this, the teachers allegedly summoned the school's Red Crescent Society members to 'massage' Yashovan.

"I asked why they are not calling an ambulance, and one of them told me that a doctor from a nearby clinic is coming to check him.

"Only when the doctor could not help him, was the ambulance called and it took a long time, nearly more than an hour, before the ambulance arrived," said the student.

The student also claimed that repair works to upgrade the safety of the school were carried out after Yashovan's fall.

"The repair works were done by a teacher and the school workers," he said.

'What is there to hide?'

Earlier, Siva held an emotionally charged discussion with Yashovan's parents and family members.

The deceased's father B Kesavan, 55, stressed that this was not a racial issue. "We just want to know the truth as we have been given different versions of the incident."

"I want to know what happened to my only child, and why the school did not act fast enough to help him," added his wife G Shobana, 52, amidst tears. "I don't want this to happen to other parents, I don't want them to go through what we are going through."

Kesavan also claimed that the ambulance driver had told him that the school authorities did not give him proper directions, resulting in the late arrival.

Yashovan was first taken to the Serdang Hospital before being transferred to Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Yashovan's uncle A Presnath, 36, asked why the school did not furnish the family with a proper explanation.

"When I went to the school, they locked the gate and insisted that only the parents can come, they refused to see me," he said, to which Siva replied: "It's rubbish that they would only want to see the parents, what is there to hide?"


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