The Attorney-General’s Chambers action in instructing a senior federal counsel in defence of the teacher and former principal in the counter-suit filed by student Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam and her father is appalling and should be reversed.
We, the Members of the Malaysian Parliament, are of the opinion that the Keluarga Malaysia Government, especially the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Education, should be impartial in this matter.
However, the government’s focus should be one of providing a conducive learning environment to the Malaysian schools. We stress that the we must all respect the teaching profession in guiding the future of the children. However, such institutions must bring forth the message that sexual innuendos and jokes on rape, especially against teenage girls, cannot be tolerated
The act of appointing a federal counsel in the civil action to defend private actions by the teacher who had initiated the suit will further tarnish the already negative perception of the Ministry of Education and the government.
Ain’s case will only create more unwarranted fears and trepidations in parents and students in all our schools. It will impair confidence in the education system. Taxpayers’ money should be spent for proper purposes.
We must also stress that we do recognise that everyone has a right to legal recourse, including the teacher.
However, the Attorney General Chamber, as the guardian of public interest, should stop taking sides in this very sensitive case.
As the drafter of the Sexual Harassment bill, the Attorney General’s Chamber should be more sensitive to such matters.
We, the undersigned:-
1. Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail
2. Loke Siew Fook, Seremban
3. Mohamad Sabu, Kota Raja
4. Salahuddin Ayub , Pulai
5. Lim Guan Eng, Bagan
6. Darell Leiking, Penampang
7. Syed Saddiq, Muar
8. Saifuddin Nasution, Kulim Bandar Baru
9. Nik Nazmi, Setiawangsa
10. Khalid Samad, Shah Alam
11. Nurul Izzah Anwar, Permatang Pauh
12. Mohd Hatta Md Ramli Lumut
13. Dr. Dzulkelfy Ahmad, Kuala Selangor
14. Tan Yee Kew, Wangsa Maju
15. Lim Kit Siang, Iskandar Puteri
16. Hannah Yeoh, Segambut
17. Maria Chin Abdullah, Petaling Jaya
18. Teresa Kok, Seputeh
19. Lim Lip Eng, Kepong
20. Charles Santiago, Klang
21. Hassan Abdul Karim, Pasir Gudang
22. Bakthiar Wan Chik, Balik Pulau
23. Nor Azrina Surip, Merbok
24. Natrah Ismail, Sekijang.
25. Karupaiya Mutusami, Padang Serai
26. Sivarasa Rasiah, Sungai Buloh
27. Tan Kok Wai, Cheras
28. Khoo Poay Tiong, Kota Melaka
29. Dr Lee Boon Chye, Gopeng
30. Rusnah Aluai, Tangga Batu.
31. Chan Ming Kai, Alor Setar
32. Amin Ahmad, Kangar
33. Wong Shu Qi, Kluang
34. Syed Ibrahim, Ledang
35. Wong Chen, Subang
36. William Leong, Selayang
37. Teh Kok Lim, Taiping
38. Cha Kee Chin, Rasah
39. Alice Lau, Lanang
40. Fahmi Fadzil, Lembah Pantai
41. June Leow Hulu Selangor
42. Akmal Nasir, Johor Bahru
43. Kesavan Subramaniam, Sg Siput
44. M. Kula Segaran, Ipoh Barat
45. Wong Ling Biu, Sarikei
46. Fuziah Salleh, Kuantan
47. Fong Kui Lun, Bukit Bintang
48. Kelvin Yii, Bandar Kuching
49. Sim Chee Keong, Bukit Mertajam
50. V. Sivakumar, Batu Gajah
51. Azman Ismail, Kuala Kedah
52. Sim Tze Tzin, Bayan Baru
53. Tony Pua, Damansara
54. Mahfuz Omar, Pokok Sena
55. Nga Kor Ming, Teluk Intan
56. Teo Nie Ching, Kulai
57. Wong Kah Woh, Ipoh Timor
58. Chan Foong Hin, Kota Kinabalu
59. Yeo Bee Yin, Bakri
60. Hasan Bahrom, Tampin
61. Thomas Su, Kampar
62. Vivian Wong Shir Yee, Sandakan
63. Noorita Sual, Tenom
64. Wong Hon Wai, Bukit Bendera
65. Rozman Isli, Labuan
66. Chang Lih Kang, Tanjong Malim
67. Maszlee Malik, Simpang Renggam
68. Chang Lih Kang, Tanjong Malim
69. Kasthuriraani Patto, Batu Kawan
70. Gobind Singh Deo, Puchong.
71. RSN Rayer, Jelutong.
72. Wong Tack, Bentong
73. Chong Chieng Jen, Stampin
74. Prabakaran, Batu
75. Tengku Zul, Raub