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Negri Sembilan Education Department to set up probe panel for cutter blade case

GEMAS, Feb 14 — The Negri Sembilan Education Department (JPNS) has set up a special internal investigation committee to probe an incident involving three Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR), students, including one who was killed, after they were hit by a grass cutting blade from a lawnmower yesterday.

Its director Pkharuddin Ghazali said, currently, he was chairing the committee which would comprise of eight representatives from JPNS, Tampin District Education Department and the Star Parents and Teachers Association.

“We plan to invite representatives from Royal Malaysian Police and the Negri Sembilan Department of Occupational Safety and Health to be on the committee.

“The committee will take about two weeks or earlier to conduct and wrap up the investigation on the case,” he told reporters here today.

Pkharuddin said JPNS would collect complete information from the parties involved and advice from the relevant agencies with the expertise to ensure the case was tackled in the best possible manner.

He said JPNS would arrange for a meeting between the school and the contractor involved to together find the best solution to the case.

“The contractor will carry out cleaning works as normal as we want to ensure the condition of the school is always clean and comfortable for the students.

“We have also advised the school to review the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to ensure the case does not repeat itself,” he said, adding that the contractor, which was based here, also held contracts to clean seven other schools.

Commenting further, he said the STAR sports day which should have taken place today was postponed to another date due to the incident yesterday.

He said 120 students were resting on the field after completing a rehearsal of the sports day parade when the incident took place yesterday at 10.30am.

The incident killed Nor Afini Roslan, 14, while her classmate Abdullah Hazlan and form one student Mohd Farhan Reza Badrol Hesam were injured.

Immediately after the mishap, he said, the school had taken appropriate action such as ordering the students to get off the field, sending the injured students to the health clinic and so on.

“The students’ insurance was also handled by the department,” he said.

He said the students would also be counselled individually and in groups when the school resumed after Chinese New Year. — Bernama

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