Racism is a cancerous tumour that malignantly exists and grows in Malaysia, even to this very day. Ms Lalitha Sudeshna, a university student, experienced the harsh reality of the racial divide in our country last Thursday in her lecture hall from her lecturer. Following the incident, Ms Lalitha has taken to Facebook to share her unpleasant experience which caused a turmoil on Facebook within a few hours.
On the 21st of February, Lalitha, who studies at University Malaya, rushed into class late with her friend Rinishah after she got held up at work. Her lecturer, identified as Professor Norlidah, was displeased by their untimely arrival to her lecture.
As Lalitha and her friends were taking their seats at the back of the class as to not disrupt the lecture any further, the professor abruptly told them :
“India, I don’t like you sitting together with another Indian. Don’t ever bring your practices from UNITAR to our campus. I know Indians cheat and plagiarize in their assignments.”
“You, the red shirt, sit in front.” said the professor while pointing at Lalitha, she then proceeded to tell her friend, “You, sit over there”. She further added she would make sure the both of them couldn’t be grouped together for assignments.
Prof. Norlidah defended herself by stating that her actions were meant to discourage students from speaking well about University Malaya and encouraging peers to join the University programme, as she didn’t want her classes to be overpopulated, as she preferred to teach smaller classes.
Outraged by the incident, Lalitha took to Facebook to share her opinion on Facebook.
“I’ve never been more insulted in my life before until recently by your lecturer. Never did I came across someone with a Ph.D. who could act despicably rude.” said Lalitha in her Facebook post, which was also a form of public complaint at the management of University Malaya.
She adds that the aforementioned incident wasn’t the first time the lecturer racially profiled her. The same professor apparently, snickered at her for wanting to pursue her Master’s Degree with just two years of working experience under her belt, and told her that she and her friends could never graduate.
Below is Lalitha’s Facebook posting regarding the incident :
“It is a shame that such a lecturer/former student hails from Malaysia’s “Top Public University”. It is important to remember that respect does not come with papers and titles but attitude” she added.
Lalitha ended her post saying that she had lost all respect for the lecturer, and demanded an apology from her, and stressed that the professor nor anybody else had the right throw racial remarks at her or anybody else for that matter.
Many social media users shared the same discontent as Lalitha, and swarmed to the comment section of her post to condemn the lecturer for her actions.
University Malaya has yet to release a statement regarding the incident.
Racism is an abhorrent and cancerous tumour that needs to be removed from the roots of our society before it suffocates and eventually halts our nation’s growth towards peace- and we pray, through the combined efforts of willing Malaysians, that racism will be uprooted from our society completely.
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Lalitha’s original post on Facebook can be found h