25 September 2018

Vasantha Priya case: Dr Subra criticises Kamalanathan's remarks

Vasantha Priya case: Dr Subra criticises Kamalanathan's remarks
KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has criticised remarks made by Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan on 14-year-old Vasantha Priya, a report said today.

According to Malaysiakini, Dr Subramaniam, who is also Health Minister, said that it was inappropriate for Kamalanathan to reveal that deceased teenager had an alleged history of self-harm.

“It was not within his capacity to give the comment. It was something which is within the capacity of the police or the education minister.

“I think we must be fair to the family and to the girl. I don’t think we should come to anything which is prejudicial to harm either her name or her family’s name,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini at a press conference in Putrajaya today.

He was commenting on reports quoting Kamalanathan as saying that Vasantha Priya had slit her wrists two years ago.

On Feb 12, Vasantha Priya’s father R. Muniandy had rubbished reports claiming that his daughter had tried to kill herself before.

“I know my daughter’s behaviour well. She never tried to commit suicide prior to the incident, and she was a happy girl who had lots of friends.

“This is not true at all. If you check, there are no hospital records of such an incident and no police reports, so this is not true at all,” he told reporters at a press conference at his house in Nibong Tebal on Monday.

At no point did I say that

Meanwhile, Kamalanathan earlier reportedly denied saying that Vasantha Piriya had cut her wrist.

“A reporter said she heard that a counsellor’s report on the schoolgirl’s mental health has been submitted.

“When she told me this, I merely responded saying I heard the same, and that I have requested the Penang Education Department to submit all investigation papers to the police to allow them to finish their investigation.

“Never at any point did I say she had cut her wrist,” he said after unveiling the Frog Classroom Makeover 2018 at SMK Dengkil, Sepang yesterday, reported The Star Online.

“If there is any element of wrongdoing from anyone within the ministry, we will not hesitate to take action against the individual if proven guilty,” he said.


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