Most of us would scoff at the idea of a “miracle water” that could make you smarter. Not the headmistress of a vernacular school in Klang, though.
The headmistress of SJK(C) Pandamaran A made students drink the “miracle water” packaged by a religious movement in order for them to obtain satisfactory results for major tests.
She claimed that the “miracle water” has the power to make students smarter. According to Choo Kim San, secretary of the board of governors of SJK(C) Pandamaran A, the ritual has become a norm in the school.
She has been doing it for the last 5 years. We have asked her many times to stop but she still continues with the practice.
Students and teachers also had to tolerate buntings that promoted the “miracle water”. The buntings, hung in many areas of the primary school, claimed that several under-performing student had become top scorers in the UPSR examination after drinking the water.
A vending machine was also placed in the school compound to make it easier for students to buy the bottled water.
Some teachers also took students who were weak in studies to the headmistress’ office, who would proceed to sprinkle the “miracle water” on them.
A short clip recorded in February showed a few members of the religious organisation entering SJK(C) Pandamaran A to spray “miracle water” around the school enclosure. The organisation told the headmistress that the average results of the school would increase if they did that.
A letter of appreciation was issued by the headmistress to the religious organisation on behalf of the school. However, it is actually wrong for anyone to issue a letter from the school without the approval of the board of governors.
After complaints by students and parents, the board of governors raised the issue of the “miracle water” during general meetings, but the headmistress only shrugged off any objection and proceeded with her beliefs.
Klang MCA Public Complaints and Services deputy chief Datuk Tan Bok Koon said:
The headmistress should be dealt with by the state education authorities for promoting her religious beliefs in school.
Parents were angry at the school for tolerating and insisting on such behaviour, resulting in a press conference at the Klang MCA office on Thursday (26th May).
Tan said that he would hand the matter over to Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon and hopes that the Ministry of Education would take immediate action.
The water, packaged by the Bai Shi Yin Guang Li Liang Ke Ji Yan Jiu Yuan (白世音光力量科技研究院), was believed to propagate “wisdom light technology” to rid one’s body of negativity.