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UPSR Leak: Police To Wrap Up Probe In A Week

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KUALA LUMPUR – Police are expected to wrap up the investigation into the leakage of Ujian Pernilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Science and English examination papers within a week.

Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief senior assistant commissioner Gan Kong Meng said yesterday that police had so far interviewed 30 people.

“We are about to complete it. Hopefully we can wrap up the case in a week,” he said.

He said the investigation papers would then be forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Chamber to determine if there were sufficient grounds to charge those detained under Section 8 (1) of the Official Secrets Act 1972 for possession of official secrets and communicating such information to others.

Up to Saturday, 30 individuals had been called in to give their statements – eight of them being officers from the Malaysian Examinations Board, 19 teachers, an officer on a Ministry, a journalist and an engineer.

Gan said that out of the 14 people arrested, 11 had been released on police bail after having their statements recorded, making the total of three people to be detained until Monday.

The leak, which triggered outrage from parents, forced 473,175 pupils from 8,384 schools nationwide to re-sit both papers on Sept 30.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, had issued an apology to the pupils and their parents over the fiasco.

He also had announced on last Sept 12 that MEB director Dr Na’imah Ishak and deputy director (operations) Dr Wan Ilias Wan Salleh had been suspended with immediate effect until investigations were concluded. – NST Online

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