MALAYSIA— The police have arrested two teenage boys to assist in the investigation of a viral video involving a secondary school student’s dissatisfaction with the History paper in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.
Hulu Selangor District Police Chief, Superintendent Suffian Abdullah, said the two 18-year-old teenagers were detained after receiving a report from a 53-year-old female teacher at 10:53 am last Friday (24 February).
“Earlier, the police detected a viral video on TikTok and Facebook in this area, showing a male student wearing a school uniform expressing dissatisfaction with the History subject paper in the SPM examination.”
“The student also used vulgar language against the question paper maker and insulted Singapore,” said Suffian Abdullah in a statement issued on Saturday.
Suffian said that following the information, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hulu Selangor District Police raided the suspects’ house and arrested the two local teenage boys.
“The police seized an iPhone 11 during the raid. Urine screening tests on both suspects were negative and checks showed they had no past records,” he said.
He said the case is being investigated under Section 14 of the Minor Offenses Act 1995 and Section 233 of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998.
Suffian advised the public to stop spreading the video, which could cause unrest and confusion in society, leading to conflicts.
SPM student called Singapore “nothing but a kampung”
According to Malaysia online media WeirdKaya, the student expressed his frustration with the SPM History paper by first directing his anger towards the person responsible for preparing the questions.
Using vulgar language and gesturing with his middle finger towards the camera, he said, “To whoever prepared the SPM History paper, I have no respect for you.”
His frustration then turned towards Singapore, as he stated that he had no interest in the city-island.
“Singapore’s nothing but a kampung(village). They’re so poor even their water comes from Malaysia! Why should it be included into the exam?”
The student went on to express disappointment that certain topics he had studied, such as nationalism and the Constitution, did not appear on the paper, and he called it a waste of time.
His comment in the video has drawn public criticism due to his behavior and language.
The students had since deleted the TikTok video and apologised on social media.
After realizing the severity of the backlash, the student appeared in the video and his friend who recorded the video has immediately come forward to publicly apologize for their inappropriate behaviour and language.
In the 2-minute and 49-second video posted on Friday evening, the student explained that his words were spontaneous and were meant to express frustration to their peers after taking the exam.
“My friend made a mistake. He didn’t think before he acted and uploaded the video of my speech to social media, which caused it to go viral. Nevertheless, I am here to apologize to all Malaysians.”
The student also apologized to their teachers and those who prepared the exam questions. Additionally, his friend accompanying him has also apologized for their actions.
“I deeply regret sharing the video and promise not to repeat such behaviour.”
permohonan maaf kepada semua pihak kerana video yang sudah tular di media sosial