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2 SPM Students Arrested For Using Profanity And Insults During Video Rant

2 SPM Students Arrested For Using Profanity And Insults During Video Rant

In a viral video, a teen student went on a rant about the SPM History paper while using profanities and insulted Singapore.

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SPM exams started on 30 January 2023 and will end on 15 March 2023. While it’s usually a few busy weeks for teachers and students, some schools have attracted more “attention” during this time.

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The latest drama in school was a video of a male student complaining about the SPM History paper.

It seemed like he was angry because what he studied didn’t come out in the exams. Instead, students were asked about Singapore in one of the questions.

While ranting, the student swore and even held up a middle finger. Another student could be seen pushing the angry student away near the end of the video, perhaps to shut him up.

Screenshot from the viral video.

According to Hulu Selangor police chief Suffian Abdullah, the police have arrested two 18-year-old boys after a 53-year-old teacher lodged a police report.

The police say the student used profanity against the people who set the exam questions and insulted Singapore in the video.

During the raid of the home, the police confiscated an iPhone 11.

Based on the police statement, the case is investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 for any sort of insulting behaviour via insulting or indecent words, language, or gestures.

Netizen’s reactions to the students’ arrests were mixed. While they agreed that what the student did was wrong, they also believe it didn’t warrant an arrest.

Those who disagreed with the arrest asked for the boys’ immediate release and said voicing dissatisfaction against SPM papers isn’t a crime.

Some believe the police should arrest people who spew racist sentiments and lies that will disrupt harmony.

Asking for the student’s release doesn’t mean netizens condone the behaviour. They believe there’s a better way to discipline them than having a police record.

Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) also spoke against the arrests because it could have been traumatic for the students. LFL director Zaid Malek said he was appalled by the heavy-handed approach by the authorities and for treating the boys like hardened criminals.

The boys were subjected to a police raid in their home. They were arrested and underwent a drug test. This would have caused extreme trauma to them and their family. And all this over a video where they vented their frustrations on their SPM History paper. They were just teenagers who were being childish and had already apologised for the video that they made, yet they were treated like hardened criminals.

LFL director Zaid Malek

He also demanded home minister Saifuddin Nasution and communications and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil explain the use of Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 against schoolchildren, Free Malaysia Today reported.

Meanwhile, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii called for all investigations to be dropped and to focus on the wellbeing of the students instead.

He believes the students should be given the necessary guidance and support instead of intimidation and getting treated as a criminal.

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