Compiled by C. ARUNO, DENISE KHOO and R. ARAVINTHAN
A TOTAL of 367 teachers and headmasters of Chinese independent schools received recognition for their long service by Dong Zong, reported Sin Chew Daily.
As many as 137 teachers had served five years, whereas 120,55,33 and 11 others served 10 years, 20 years, 30 years and 40 years, respectively.
A teacher from Kuching’s Chung Hua Middle School No. 1 served the longest, having taught for 50 years.
At the awards ceremony on Sunday, Dong Zong chairman Tan Tai Kim said teachers were key to the development of Chinese independent schools in Malaysia.
He added that since 1991, some 4,512 teachers had received long-service awards.
According to Tan, this was the first year the awards ceremony for teachers was held together with that for the headmasters.
Ten headmasters received recognition for their long service, with the most senior one hailing from Sabah’s Papar Middle School, who served as headmistress for 25 years.
Dong Zong, known officially as the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia, manages the curriculum taught at the over 60 Chinese independent schools in the country.
> The wedding of Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chi-ling and Japanese singer Akira on Sunday attracted such a large crowd that the city council of Tainan had to close off roads for it to run smoothly, reported China Press.
The couple started the event, dubbed the “wedding of the century”, at the Taiwan Wu Clan building with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony before moving to the Nanmei centre for the dinner reception.
Members of the public and the press were seen cheering and trying to catch a glimpse of the happy newly-weds.
Due to the large crowd, the city council of Tainan sealed off Nanmen Road and Youai Street to ensure the ceremony could take place without a hitch.
It was reported that only close loved ones were invited to the small, 12-table reception.
Lin, 44, and Akira, 38, a member of Japanese boyband Exile, met during the stage play Red Cliff~Love and dated for a year before deciding to tie the knot.
The above articles are 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.