Teachers allowed to confiscate phones of students playing Pokemon Go

Teachers are allowed to confiscate handphones brought to school by students, especially if they are found playing Pokemon Go. Education Minister Datuk Seri Madzir Khalid said all parties must be aware that handphones were banned in schools. "Since the beginning, we did not allow handphone in schools, but with the latest development of this cyber (app) game, we want the schools to tighten up the rules," he said during an Umno event in Kuala Klawang, Jelebu in Negri Sembilan Sunday.   

> National Fatwa Council: It's still early to ban Pokemon Go  

The National Fatwa Council says it is still early to decide whether the popular app game of Pokemon Go is haram (forbidden) or halal (permissible).  Instead, research needs to be done first to determine whether it brings harm to the user, said chairman Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Abdul Shukor Husin.  He was responding to the decision of the Federal Territories Islamic Legal Consultative Committee on Aug 1.  The decision was supported by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), as well as several state muftis including from Penang, Kedah, Perak and Sarawak. Abdul Shukor said he was not against the decision made by Jakim or the muftis. He clarified that it would be more appropriate to study the matter further including from a non-religious perspective.  

> Michelle Yeoh may postpone her wedding 

Actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh may have to delay her wedding due to her busy schedule. Asked by a Hong Kong magazine recently, her assistant said Yeoh might not have time to prepare for her wedding this year as the Ipoh-born actress had to travel to several countries for work. Early this year, the 53-year-old artiste had hinted that she and her fiance Datuk Seri Jean Todt were going to get married soon. Yeoh has been engaged to Todt, 69, since 2005.


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