Last week, a group of students were caught on video using their schoolmate as a literal punching bag. The videos went viral on social media and the police started investigating the case.
Now, the MRSM Disciplinary Committee (JDM) has expelled ten students identified to be involved in the bullying incident in Perak that went viral on social media.
Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) director-general Datuk Azhar Abdul Manaf said in a statement that the committee had studied the case thoroughly and decided to expel the students effective yesterday.
Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid was quoted by Utusan Malaysia as saying that it was revealed by the 13-year-old victim during a police interview that the cause of the incident was due to the victim advising one of the suspects not to watch porn.
“Based on the interview, the victim said he had advised one of the suspects not to watch pornographic videos and if he refused, he would report to the teacher or warden.”
Mior Faridalathrash said a Form Three student instructed them to punch the victim.
Following the incident, police detained 10 students to have their statements taken. They were later released on police bail.
Mior added that the victim is currently being treated at a hospital in Selangor and his condition is stable without serious injuries.
“Mara takes last week’s bullying incident seriously and the decision today shows that we are firm and do not compromise on the offence committed by students under any Mara educational institutions (IPMA) or by any of its scholars,” said Azhar.
Azhar said the students’ parents had been notified about the committee’s decision.
According to Azhar, the decision was made based on the guidelines stated in the MRSM Student Discipline Management Guide.
He said that he hoped the committee’s action would serve as a lesson not only to the students involved but also to other students that such misconduct would not be tolerated.