KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 – Police have interviewed three people and recorded their statements in connection with the leak of UPSR or Year 6 examination papers. City Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Gan Kong Meng said no arrests had been made yet although police reports have been lodged. “Three police reports were lodged over the leaks of the English and Science UPSR examination papers,” he said in a WhatsApp statement today. “Two reports were lodged in Putrajaya by senior representatives from the Education Ministry and the Examinations Syndicate,” Gan said.
Another report was lodged in Johor following the Education Ministry’s announcement that papers had been compromised. “We have recorded three statements so far as part of our investigations but no arrests have been made.” Earlier today, Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said police had identified several individuals responsible for the leakage. Idris branded these individuals “traitors” for betraying national secrets for their self-interests and urged the authorities to throw the book at them.
Idris told reporters at the Education Ministry in Putrajaya today that almost a million parents had been affected by the rescheduling of the UPSR examinations. A total of 473,175 Year 6 pupils nationwide sat for their UPSR examinations from September 9 until yesterday. But the Science paper, which they were supposed to have taken on September 11, was postponed to September 30 after the questions were circulated online. Yesterday, the Education Ministry announced that the English paper had also been compromised and pupils would have to resit it. This sparked outrage from parents whose children had sat for the paper on September 10, with calls for heads to roll.