A mother discovered by accident that her child was bound and gagged in kindergarten for being noisy.
The unusual punishment went unnoticed until the girl’s mother caught her tying up and gagging her two-year-old brother with a napkin at home on Nov 4, The Star reported.
“I scolded her and she said she was only doing what her teacher did to her when she was naughty,” the mother was reported as saying.
Teng Aai Hong, 36. was speaking at a press conference organised by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Teng said she confronted the headmistress of the kindergarten in Setapak over the matter a few days later.
“She admitted tying up my daughter but insisted that she didn’t do anything wrong because that was her own method of disciplining the children.
“She even demonstrated it by tying up another child,” Teng was quoted as saying.
She claimed her son could have suffocated had she not intervened at the right time on Nov 4, all due to the example set by the headmistress.
She removed her child from the kindergarten and lodged a police report.
According to Chong, the method is not right and the headmistress should know better than to discipline young children in this way.