Pupil famous for her 'goddess' name


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Feb 2005

A YEAR Six Chinese pupil in Malacca has become famous among her schoolmates, teachers and staff at her school because of her name, China Press reported. 

In Malay, 12-year-old Dewi Chong’s name means goddess. 

Her mother, who is Indonesian Chinese, gave the name to Dewi, who has three sisters. 

“I like the name because it gives a certain impression to other people. 

“Sometimes, I am mistaken for a non-Chinese because of the name,” she told the daily. 

On another matter, the daily reported Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said as saying that she was disappointed that Malaysians did not have a deep love for sports. 

She said this was evident as many sports facilities, including multi-purpose halls with badminton courts, were only used for government activities or weddings. 

The daily also reported that due to the current hot weather, more people were falling sick. 

Doctors interviewed by the daily said people should drink more water and avoid going out under the hot sun. 

They also advised the people to sleep early and take a lot of Vitamin C, vegetables and fruits. 

Among the common ailments during the hot spell are sore throat, headache and fever. 

Sin Chew Daily reported that the Federation of Hawkers Associations and the Federation of Vegetable Growers Associations have lauded the move by the Government to allow vegetable farmers and hawkers to employ foreign workers. 

Both federations felt that the move would help in alleviating the problem of lack of workers in both sectors. 

The federations, however, requested the Government to come up with guidelines on the recruitment of foreigners to work in the two sectors.  

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