Compiled by HANIS ZAINAL, NG SI HOOI and R.ARAVINTHAN
A CHINESE primary school in Johor Baru was slammed for organising a luxury holiday to Taiwan for Year Six pupils, China Press reported.
The six-day trip in November costs RM3,500 per student.
A parent, known only as Ling, who was shocked after learning of the school trip, raised it on social media.
Some parents commented that they never expected the school to opt for overseas travel instead of local.
They said the school authority did not take into consideration the extra costs that the parents would have to bear, such as for winter clothing and pocket money.
After the subject became the talk on social media, the school cancelled the excursion.
When contacted, the headmaster said students were not pressured to join the tour.
“The school is also organising two local trips for those who can’t afford the Taiwan holiday,” he said.
> Two security guards of SJK(C) Keat Hwa in Alor Setar were caught napping on the job, according to Nanyang Siang Pau.
The school board of directors’ chairman Lim Gek Leng said he drove to the school to check on the security at 6.45am on Saturday, and despite honking, nobody came out.
As the gate was not locked, Lim walked into the school and found the two asleep in the security booth.
The guards quickly apologised after they were awakened by Lim.
He said the watchmen claimed that they were not being paid on time.
The school was in the news recently when more than 200 students, their parents, 50 teachers and canteen helpers were prevented from entering the school when striking guards kept the school gates locked.
The guards only resumed duty after the security firm that employed them settled part of their salaries.
> 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.