The professor asked her student to sell off any family jewelleries and use the money to buy a computer.
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Recently, a 1 minute 45 second video showed a professor from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) berating a student for not having a laptop.
The professor, who was teaching in an online class, posed some questions to the student.
When the student was unable to give the correct answer, she asked the student on what he is using for the class.
The student replied that he did not have a laptop, which drew a barrage of rude criticisms from the professor.
The professor questioned the financial well-being of the student and his family, including his parents and siblings.
The student, who is from Seremban, answered the questions one by one.
He stated that his mother had passed away, while his father is not working and he has other siblings that need to be looked after.
Rubbing Salt In The Wound
The professor continued to make the situation even worse for the student.
She asked the student to find out if his sister has any jewelleries, and sell it to get a computer instead as it is a very important tool for study.
After this, I will teach you to excel, because of that you will be a drop-out student. It’s semester five and you don’t have a computer. I rather not have clothes, I only have five pieces of clothes. The most important the computer is very-very important.The UiTM professor berating her student for not having a computer.
She continue to lambast the student for not getting a computer, adding that it only costs as little as RM800 to get one.
That’s why I can’t sit with a B40. They think more about other stuff rather than education.The UiTM professor shaming the B40 before instructing her students to switch off there camera.
The video clip invited an avalanche of angry reactions from netizens.
They are indignant at the professor for disparaging the B40 group.
The backlash was so great that the posting was deleted, but netizens would not let it go.
kot kot op delete tweet, awai tak kalut pic.twitter.com/TypEqZpeJz— Pedoq, what is this behavior?! (@pedoqpop) March 29, 2022
The fiasco had also drawn the attention of politicians who weighed in on the matter.
Kajian kementerian pendidikan menunjukkan 1/3 pelajar di Malaysia tiada Laptop atau tablet.— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) March 29, 2022
Kadar keciciran pelajar sangat menakutkan
Mereka tidak pilih untuk terus miskin sampai tidak mampu untuk beli laptop.
Dari menghina, lebih baik bantu mereka dapatkan laptop. https://t.co/eST0S4Qz55
Bukit Mertajam member of parliament Steven Sim Chee Keong even offered to help the student.
Minta tolong siapa2 dapat hubungi pelajar tersebut, saya nak berikan sebuah laptop baru kepada beliau.— Steven Sim 🇲🇾 #Bangsa (@scheekeong) March 30, 2022
Saya setuju dengan prof, latarbelakang keluarga tak patut halang pendidikan.
Tapi saya tak setuju cara prof menghina pelajar semata-mata kerana latarbelakang keluarganya. https://t.co/QHCARAcdMC
PKR information chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin also took a swipe at the professor.
UiTM ditubuhkan dengan membawa semangat membantu bumiputera miskin & tak berkemampuan, supaya tidak keciciran & mampu melanjutkan pendidikan tinggi. Prof.DR.TS. Roshana Takim, jika tak mampu menghayati tujuan tersebut, anda tak layak mengajar walau di taska sekalipun!— Shamsul Iskandar (@shamsuliskandar) March 30, 2022
Meanwhile, the Higher Education Ministry had also promised to look into the matter.
While the ministry are still mulling on what to do, netizens demanded that the professor be sacked.
Lecturer ni patut kena buang je. Setuju?— Don’t read my pinned tweet (@heize80) March 29, 2022
Blood Is Thicker Than Water
Despite the overwhelming barrage of criticism, a Twitter user @FarahAmiraAH stepped out to defend the professor.
Claiming that the professor is her aunt, @FarahAmiraAH said she will get the professor’s son to talk to her.
At the same time, she called out netizens for scolding and taunting her aunt.
The tweet was later deleted, most likely due to overwhelming backlash.