Compiled by BEH YUEN HUI, HANIS ZAINAL and R.ARAVINTHAN
WHEN it comes to food, Malaysians are always spoilt for choice. Now, even departed souls can enjoy their favourite dishes.
Replicas of popular items such as claypot chicken rice, ice-cream with various flavours and desserts, including Macaron, were among the latest products found at Chinese prayer paraphernalia shops in Kuala Lumpur, reported Sin Chew Daily.
Apart from the “food”, IT products, pets and electrical appliances were among the hot buy items.
The paper replica items are meant to be burnt as offerings to the departed souls during Qing Ming – a Chinese tomb-sweeping day that falls on April 4 this year.
> The daily also reported that six years after the implementation of the primary education syllabus KSSR (Standard Curriculum for Primary Schools), the Education Ministry was reviewing and fine-tuning the programme.
Quoting sources, it said there would be slight adjustments to the subjects at Chinese primary schools.
Beginning next year, four subjects – Arts, Music, Health and Physical Education – taught to Year One pupils, would be combined to become two subjects.
It was believed that the schooling time would also be increased from the current 1,380 minutes (46 periods) per week to 1,500 minutes (50 periods) for the first semester.
The additional periods would be allocated for English, Mathematics and Science subjects.
> Nanyang Siang Pau reported that Taiwanese singer Ella Chen was crowned the Best Actress at the Osaka Asian Film Festival on Sunday.
She won the Yakushi Pearl Award for her role in The Missing Piece, which features her as a betel nut seller who falls for a younger man.
Chen said she learnt about her win when her Malaysian husband Alvin Lai shouted: “Chen Chia-Hwa, you have won a prize!”
Later, she wrote on Facebook that the award came unexpectedly and she would continue to work hard and do her best in her career.
Found in translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.
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