Starchild: Malaysian children enjoy having fun in the sun


Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 3

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ITEM: Children's Day is celebrated on Nov 20 to promote togetherness, awareness among children worldwide and improving children's welfare. What do you feel needs to be done for children during the pandemic? Do children need more quality time with their parents? Do you want school canteens to provide more nutritious and healthier food? Do you think the focus should be on e-learning, or do you think kids should be back to physical lessons? Starchild wants to know.

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Malaysia has many beautiful islands, and some of the country's best beaches can be found in Sabah, Penang and Langkawi. Did you Sabah has close to 400 islands, including Kota Kinabalu's Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (a group of five islands) and Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Pulau Mabul, and Pulau Sipadan which are all off the east coast of Sabah.

Beaches are home to many sea creatures, including hermit crabs, sea turtles, snails and mussels. To ensure the sea and our beaches remain clean and safe for these creatures, it is essential to keep the environment clean.

So the next time you visit the beach, ensure you do not throw litter on the beach and, if possible, be a thrash trooper by picking up rubbish around the beach.

Starchild received an overwhelming response on the topic, Beaches.

Here are the second batch of letters from our young beach-loving readers.

Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 8Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 8

Jayden Tan Li Sheng, eight, writes: "I love to build sandcastles at the beach. Two years ago, I visited the beach at Brisbane's Gold Coast. It was fun to see people surfing on the waves at the beach. I feel happy to see seagulls flying freely in the sky. I wish the pandemic will be over soon so that I can travel again with my family."

Wong Jie Ern, 5Wong Jie Ern, 5

Wong Jie Ern, five, likes Penang's Batu Ferringhi beach. "I love going to the beach with my family. I love to build a big sand castle and collect sea shells. I hope I can go to the beach again."

Sophia Chong Sze Lin, 8Sophia Chong Sze Lin, 8

Sophia Chong Sze Lin, eight, says: "I want to play on the beach with Samantha and my younger brother. I want to visit the beaches in Melaka soon, now that Malaysians can travel interstate."

Chuah Seng Koon, five, says: "The best part is swimming in the sea and playing with the waves. I have collected various types of seashells from the beach."

Lauren Rae Wong Yi Lynn, 5Lauren Rae Wong Yi Lynn, 5

Lauren Rae Wong Yi Lynn, five, says: "I love going to the beach with my whole family because I like the sun and wind. I also like building sand castles and looking for seashells."

Sophia Jade Wong Yi Wenn, 3Sophia Jade Wong Yi Wenn, 3

"I am happy when I am at the beach with my family. I like playing in the sand," writes three-year-old Sophia Jade Wong Yi Wenn.

Sophie Yap Jyn Qing, 8Sophie Yap Jyn Qing, 8

Eight-year-old Sophie Yap Jyn Qing is looking forward to swimming in the sea. "I enjoy making sandcastles, jumping over the waves, and finding shells, hermit crabs and clams."

Claire Yap Jyn Wei, 6Claire Yap Jyn Wei, 6

Six-year-old Claire Yap Jyn Wei loves to find crabs on the beach. "I enjoy building sandcastles and finding seashells with my sister and my parents."

"I miss going to the beach because I was very young the last time I went. I love playing with sand. The next time I go, I would bring along my trucks and use them to dig up lots of sand," says Asher Wang Qi Chuen, three.

Wong Zhi Ying, seven, says: "Before the pandemic, my parents would bring me to the beach in Penang during the school holidays. My brother and I enjoyed building sandcastles. I hope the pandemic will be over soon so that I can relax there after being at home for many months." - Compiled by Sheela Chandran

Wong Zhi Ying, 7Wong Zhi Ying, 7

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