Island women accompany kids to school


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 04 Jan 2020

Compiled by NG ZHE QUN, OH ING YEEN and R. ARAVINTHAN

A GROUP of women in Pulau Berhala, Sandakan, have been accompanying their children on a ferry and then bus ride to SK Tanjung Papat 1, Sim Sim, Berita Harian reported.

They then wait for them outside the school until classes are over.

The women, in their 30s, have been doing this to ensure their children get a proper education.

The mothers leave as early as 6am from Pulau Berhala which is two nautical miles from the school, then board a ferry to downtown, before taking a bus to the school where they help their children put on their uniforms and serve them food prepared from home.

Lili Josen, 44, a mother of 12 children, said: “I have been doing this routine for the past 27 years. I started with my eldest child in Year One in 1993.”

This year, Josen has five children in school. They are in Years Two, Three, Four, Five and Six.



> Sinar Harian reported that a total of 15,506 disciplinary cases were reported in schools in Kinta Utara, Perak, last year.

Kinta Utara district officer Hasni Hasshim said of these, 76.67% or 11,890 cases involved truancy.

In 2018,34,215 disciplinary cases were reported with 71.86% or 24,588 cases involving truancy, he said during an event at SMK Raja Chulan on Thursday.

“Last year, our target was to hit a 94.05% attendance. We managed to achieve 92.53%, ” he said.



> A grass cutter pleaded not guilty at the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Terengganu for beating his father until he was injured, Harian Metro reported.

The accused, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamed Nawi, 27, from Gemuruh, Kuala Nerus, claimed trial after the charges were read out by senior assistant registrar Noradila Ab Latiff.

The father, Mohamed Nawi Daud, 63, was at home when the alleged beating took place at 9am last Dec 24.

Ridzuan was charged with voluntarily causing harm and can be jailed up to a year or fined RM2,000, or both upon conviction.

The court set Jan 15 for mention. Ridzuan was allowed bail of RM1,500 with one surety.

The above article 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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