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JOHOR BARU: Thirty-three naughty students who were sent for a 3D/2N motivation camp with their parents’ consent had a shock – the camp was in the Kluang Prison!
The boys from SMK Bandar Baru Uda claimed they were treated like inmates and had their heads shaved bald during the camp which ended last Sunday.
Student Syed Amirulkhir Syed Khadit, 16, claimed that he was assaulted by one of the programme’s facilitators.
“I have a bruise on the back of my neck,” he said while showing the mark.
He said teachers had informed the group, made up of students with disciplinary problems that they would be attending a motivational course.
“They told us we would be staying at a hotel but we were shocked to see the prison.
“Our personal belongings, including mobile phones and wallets were taken away.
“We were asked to wear a white uniform and took turns shaving each other’s head,” said Syed Amirulkhir at a press conference at Dewan Umno Taman Skudai yesterday organised by Johor Baru Umno Youth.
It was attended by more than 15 students who were at the camp as well as some parents.
Firdaus Mohammad, 16, said they had to wake up at 4.30am and perform sit-ups, push-ups and squats.
“We were treated like criminals and one man even threatened to electrocute us with a taser,” he said, adding that those who tried to speak up were slapped or kicked.
Firdaus said they were only given plain rice and bread, had to sleep on thin mattresses and were not allowed to switch on the fans.
He said that although they were accompanied by several teachers, none of them intervened.
Kamsatun Abd Ghani, 51, said that she was very upset with the school for allowing her son, Mohd Aminuddin Hashim, 16, to be treated in such a manner.
“The school has betrayed our trust and those involved should be investigated immediately,” she said.
Johor Baru Umno Youth chief Khalid Mohamed urged the Education Ministry to look into the matter.
“The consent form signed by the parents did not state that their sons would be sent to a prison,” he said.
The school’s parent-teacher association chairman Samsol Bahri Jamil said the programme was aimed at allowing students to experience life in prison.
“We will hold a meeting with the parties involved,” he said, adding that 12 other schools had previously taken part in the programme meant for students with disciplinary problems.