Stop speculating on teacher’s death

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KUCHING: The Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) has advised all parties to stop making statements and speculations about the death of a primary school teacher in Miri.

Its president Adam Prakash Abdullah appealed to the public to respect and allow the family some privacy.

He said the union had received several enquiries on the cause of the sudden death and was aware of several postings on social media, speculating on his death.

However, Adam urged all parties concerned to let the authorities probe into his death and hoped everyone would immediately refrain from making comments that could further hurt the feelings of the family.

Adam was asked to comment on several postings on social media – which claimed the teacher who died on June 21 due to food poisoning – had actually died of ‘other causes’ related to workplace stress.

“We are also saddened by his death and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the late Cikgu Ting.

“He was our (STU) member and once the treasurer of STU Miri Division,” Adam told New Sarawak Tribune.

He said the Sarawak Education Department had always allowed the union to present its concerns about teachers and education in the state.

“Thus, we are very optimistic that we could solve pressing issues if there are any. STU will also discuss issues related to work load in the school with the Education Department as well,” he added.

According to a source, the state Education Department has forwarded the case to the Education Ministry.

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