KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The International Medical University (IMU) has placed on indefinite home leave a medical student who sparked online outrage over sexist remarks made on Facebook.
The private university also said the student was given a medical evaluation and behavioural counselling.
“Since the formal investigative process by the IMU disciplinary board is underway, there are restrictions on what we can announce publicly during the proceedings. We will not be making any further statements until the proceedings are over.
“As an institution of higher learning, we believe it is important to instil respect and care for all human beings through education and fair treatment,” IMU said in a statement yesterday.
IMU launched an investigation against its student named Kiren Raj after an online petition was started to demand his expulsion for saying on Facebook that women should have sex with men who give them a lift home.
Kiren was commenting on a news article about last Saturday’s death of actress and singer Emily Kong in a car crash, saying the incident showed that women should not leave a pub without a man.
The young man also allegedly boasted about having sex with many ethnic Chinese women because Chinese men had a “small” penis and “no stamina”, leading Gerakan Youth to file a police complaint.
The petition for Kiren’s expulsion has gathered over 47,000 signatures at the time of writing.