Unicef urges corporal punishment ban, in light of Thaqif’s death

Source: FMT News

It's a misperception that physical punishment is the only way to instil discipline among children, says Unicef spokesperson in Malaysia. Pic from FMT News.

It’s a misperception that physical punishment is the only way to instil discipline among children, says Unicef spokesperson in Malaysia. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has joined in the nationwide grief over the death of 11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi, saying the incident underlines the need to ban corporal punishment in schools.

“The loss of Mohamad Thaqif to his family, school and society is a stark reminder of the negative consequences of corporal punishment and violence as a form of discipline,” said spokesperson for Unicef in Malaysia, Marianne Clark-Hattingh.

She said there were more effective methods which are “non-violent” to discipline children. Read more

Assistant warden had them cowering

Source: The Star

An assistant warden of the dormitory of a religious school is remanded to facilitate investigations into a child abuse case involving a student, April 23, 2017. — Bernama pic.

An assistant warden of the dormitory of a religious school is remanded to facilitate investigations into a child abuse case involving a student, April 23, 2017. — Bernama pic.

KOTA TINGGI: The mere mention of his name sent shivers down the spine of the students at the religious school.

The man who allegedly beat Mo­­hamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi, until the 11-year-old boy died, is said to be a very violent man who had all the students cowering in fear.

A student at the school who did not want to be named, said the assistant warden was very fierce.

The boy expressed shock when told that the assistant warden was a former convict who had spent 30 months in jail for theft.

About 30 students from the school came to pay their last respects to their friend Mohamad Thaqif at his grandparents’ house in Felda Bukit Aping Timur where the funeral was held. Read more

Death of tahfiz student: Education Ministry leaves investigation to police

Source: The Sun Daily

Mohamad Thaqif Amin

Mohamad Thaqif Amin

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has left it to the police to carry out a full investigation into the death of a tahfiz (religious school) student who was allegedly beaten up by an assistant hostel warden at the school.

It’s minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said although the school was not registered under the ministry, the issue was still deemed as related to the country’s education institution.

“We extend our condolences to the family of the student involved. Although I was made to understand that the school is not registered, it is still an education institution that has students and teachers.

“This matter is certainly beyond our expectation because it involves a heavy offence…We leave it (the matter) to the police,” he said when met by Bernama after the UMNO Supreme Council meeting at Menara Dato Onn here yesterday.

Mohamad Thaqif Amin, 11, whose legs were amputated on Friday to prevent infection, died at 2.05pm at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Baru today, where he had sought treatment. Read more

Religious school kid who lost both legs dies

Source: The Malay Mail Online

His aunt says it may have been due to his unstable heart condition. Pic from FMT News.

His aunt says it may have been due to his unstable heart condition. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 — Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffie, who had both legs amputated last week due to alleged abused by an assistant warden at a Johor religious school, died today.

According to The Star Online news portal, the 11-year-old’s death was confirmed by his father, Mohd Gaddafi Mat Karim, 43.

Thaqif had been scheduled to have his right arm amputated this morning, but the procedure was delayed when his condition deteriorated.

The 11-year-old student was allegedly beaten with a hose on March 24, but was only brought to the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Baru on April 19, when he was warded and had both of his legs amputated on Saturday.

Johor police today obtained an order to extend the remand of the assistant warden until this Saturday. Read more