PETALING JAYA: International Medical University (IMU) student Kiren Raj has publicly apologised on social media for his sexist comments on a social media page on the death of local actress and singer Emily Kong.
Kiren was caught in a controversy when he posted a sexist comment on The Star’s Facebook page about Kong’s death on March 9.
His comments received a public backlash, with a Change.org online petition calling for him to be barred from becoming a doctor.
The petition has garnered more than 70,000 signatures at time of writing.
Kiren in his letter apologized to Kong’s family members, members of the public and IMU. He added that his comments were not about Kong personally.
IMU had on March 12 said that Kiren was issued a show-cause letter and was instructed to be on home leave for two weeks.
A formal disciplinary hearing is underway, with IMU saying that it is providing medical evaluation and behavioural counselling to the student MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said Kiren is remorseful. As told, Kiren is prepared to face any formal action against him.