Recently, a Malaysian lecturer has allegedly hurled racial slurs towards two of her students, Lalitha and Rinishah, which were both of Indian ethnicity.
Baffled by the racist comments, Lalitha who goes to University of Malaya lodged a complaint to her university and posted it on her Facebook. The post went viral with over 9,000 shares in 3 days.
According to Lalitha, her friend and her were rushing from work to attend a class taught by Professor Dr. Norlidah.
The duo entered the class and greeted the professor before taking their seats. Suddenly, the professor said:
“India, saya tak suka India duduk bersama-sama. Jangan bawa budaya UNITAR ke sini. India duduk sama-sama lepas itu akan tiru assignment dan plagiarise. Saya kenal India.”
The professor then instructed the duo to sit separately,
“You (Lalitha), baju merah, duduk depan sekarang. You (Rinishah) duduk sana.”
She continued to say,
“Saya akan pastikan awak dan kawan awak tak akan dapat kumpulan yang sama untuk buat assignment. Saya tahu India macam mana.”
“At this time, I was infuriated by her racist remarks towards me and my friend; I did NOT expect this from a well-educated person especially a person whose title is ’Professor’. She did not stop, she was merciless as she proceeded to insult other Indian students. How would the wawasan 2020 be fulfilled if we have educators like this in ’Malaysia’s Top Public University’?”
“She went on defending her atrocious behaviour by confessing that this is her style and proceeded to encourage student to not promote UM to anyone else as she prefers her class to be smaller in number.”
Apparently the duo had experienced a similar situation from the same professor during Orientation Day.
“Do you think you can complete your Masters with just 2 years of experience? You and your friends can never graduate together, I challenge you. You do your business, and I will do my business,” the professor said.
Lalitha and her friend felt deeply insulted by the racial slurs hurled at them by the professor. Worse, her words had ‘crushed their eager selves who thirsted for knowledge’.
Lalitha ends the post by demanded an apology from the professor over the incident.
After the Facebook post went viral, netizens poured in their thoughts in the comments section. The professor’s Facebook account has since been deactivated.
A netizen, Nurul Hanisha said:
“She’s racist! How can someone with dirty mouth like her end up becoming a lecturer?”
Another netizen, Aca Mohamed said:
“Laundry is the only thing that needs to be separated by colours. Not humans.”
I still couldn’t believed those words actually came out from a professor’s mouth. But remember guys, such atrocious behaviour only stems from the individual themselves and not their skin colour.
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