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Four Teachers Held Over UPSR Leaks

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KUALA LUMPUR – Four teachers have been detained in connection with leaks of the UPSR English and Science examination papers.

The three men and a woman, aged between 30 and 54, were picked up in raids in Penang and Parit Buntar at about 3.30pm today.

Kuala Lumpur police CID chief ACP Gan Kong Meng said police seized from them several items, including computers.

It is believed that the four suspects will be brought to the city and remanded for investigations.

Apart from those held, Gan said they had earlier recorded the statements of three other teachers, six members of the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (MES) and a journalist.

He said police also seized their communications equipment for the probe.

“We are gathering evidence and checking the standard operating procedure (SOP) to determine what was leaked. Let us investigate for now and please do not speculate.

“We hope those who have any information on the matter will come forward to assist us in our probe,” Gan said.

A special task force from the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters is investigating the case after three police reports were made by officers of the MES, Prime Minister’s Department and another undisclosed ministry on Friday.

The case is being investigated under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act for sharing classified information entrusted to a government servant.

Those found guilty can be jailed between one and seven years and fined.

Due to the leaks, more than 470,000 Year Six pupils will have to re-sit the two papers on Sept 30, which was scheduled for last Thursday.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is Education Minister, also ordered the suspension of MES chief Dr Na’imah Ishak and her deputy Dr Wan Ilias Wan Salleh on Friday saying they had to take responsibility for the leak. – Bernama

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