KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry is awaiting a full report on the mass hysteria incident that forced a secondary school in Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, to close for a day.
Its Deputy Minister Chong Sin Woon said he was willing to give the school the benefit of the doubt, before mulling any action in light of its decision to send students home early Monday and to cancel class all together on Thursday.
For now, Chong said the school was given the flexibility to have a holiday under the same provisions the Ministry would grant in situations like the heatwave or haze.
“They can ask for holidays just like the Chinese schools which can request for holidays during Qing Ming.
“I have yet to receive a detailed report about the haunting so let the Ministry receive a full report before we comment further.
“But in allowing for any schools to close, our first priority is whether it will affect the students’ studies and second, their safety. We will wait for the report first,” he told reporters here Friday.
SMK Pengkalan Chepa 2 headmistress Siti Hawa Mat said ustaz and bomoh were brought in to “rid the school of bad spirits”. It is expected to reopen on Sunday.
This comes after more than 100 students and teachers were allegedly hit by hysteria. They claimed to have seen paranormal beings like black spectres, pontianak and pochong.
Siti Hawa said the school was at witsâ€™ end to find a way to rid the school of â€œbad spiritsâ€.
Physical education teacher Norlelawati Ramli, 32, who was hit by hysteria, said she felt something pinning her down.
She saw a black spectre right after she tended to one of the affected female students.