Kids get bags with marijuana leaf pattern

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  • Monday, 01 Jan 2018

Questionable motif: The bag that was handed out to a few students at a ceramah in Bestari Jaya, Kuala Selangor.

KUALA SELANGOR: These are not the usual flashy school bags adorn­ed with popular cartoon cha­racters.

In place of Frozen’s Elsa and Anna or Ultraman, these black school bags featured a white marijuana leaf pattern along with the word “stoned” on the front.

The Star spotted a handful of students receiving these bags at a cera­mah organised by Minority Action Rights Party (Mira) in Bestari Jaya here yesterday.

They were among the 500 sets of back to school gear distributed to help lighten the burden of poor families as the new school term starts.

Other bag designs were ordinary ones with cartoon figures and cartoon cars.

When asked, Mira deputy secretary-general K. Karthigesu said they were not aware of the marijuana leaf design.

“These bags were donated by Mira members,” he said, adding that there should only be a few bags with the questionable design.

Salmiah Ismail, 35, whose eight-year-old son received one of the bags with a marijuana leaf pattern, said that she did not recognise the leaf.

“We will use this bag because it is expensive to purchase a brand new school bag,” she said.

In addition to school bags and stationery, Mira assisted 1,000 families to apply for the various welfare programmes under the Selangor state government.

They also gave recognition awards to 100 UPSR and PT3 high achievers.

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