Eggs for the poor pupils


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Dec 2016

  • Compiled by CRYSTAL CHIAM SHIYING, HANIS ZAINAL and R. ARAVINTHAN

A CHINESE primary school in Mantin, Negri Sembilan, has been giving out free eggs daily since March after learning that one of its pupils had to skip meals just to save pocket money, reported Sin Chew Daily.

The Year Six boy at SJK (C) Chi Chi, whose parents were divorced, had told his teacher that his grandmother was getting old so he wanted to save the RM2 she gave him every day for her medical expenses.

“It’s okay for me not to eat,” the teacher recalled him as saying.

In an interview, headmistress Chua Foong Geok said the teachers then started to share some food with the boy during recess and after school.

“But later, we found out that quite a number of pupils also skipped breakfast as their parents felt that the meal was not important.

“So, we decided to start giving out 30 eggs every day to pupils who need breakfast,” she said, adding that the eggs were sponsored by well-wishers.

While there was a food aid programme for poor pupils, Chua said the requirements were quite strict.

“Out of the 203 pupils in the school, only five are eligible for the programme.

“However, 90% of the pupils in this school are from families with household income of less than RM3,000. Forty are from hardcore poor families,” she said.

> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that Taiwanese actress and TV host Tien Hsin had announced her marriage on Facebook.

Her manager confirmed that the 41-year-old actress married her 45-year-old South Korean boyfriend.

It was reported that the man, who is a photographer, had befriended Tien Hsin in China last year while she was there to film a drama.

The couple reportedly registered their marriage in October.

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