For the past eight years, a teacher has been driving 340km daily back and forth between her home in Kota Baru, Kelantan and her school in Gerik, Perak, reported Harian Metro.
Hamidah Mohammad, 39, would start her day at 4am to drive from her home in Kota Baru to SK Rancangan Penempatan Semula (RPS) Banun in Gerik to teach Bahasa Malaysia to Orang Asli pupils.
The journey, which is 170km one-way, would take her three hours to complete.
Hamidah said she decided to make the long journey every day as her mother Hasmah Ahmad, 70, was often sick.
“When I started teaching 11 years ago, I taught at SK Pantai Besar, Batu Kurau, Perak, before asking for transfer to a school nearer my home.
“However, when I applied, only SK RPS Banun had a vacancy. Although it’s far away from my house, I agreed because I wanted to stay with my mother.
“This makes it easier for me to monitor her health without having to worry about her, ” said Hamidah, who is single.
She said during her daily drive, she would stop at three locations to rest and perform her prayers.
> With over 100 baju kurung in her closet, Samantha Tan Pei Ying owns more traditional Malay outfits than her Malay friends, reported Berita Harian. Tan, 28, from Teluk Intan, Perak, said she used to love wearing her baju kurung school uniform every Friday.
“Now, I have more than 100 traditional Malay outfits such as baju kurung, kebaya, kebarung, kurung Pahang and kurung modern.
“When I was in university, my baju kurung collection grew because I wore a lot of Malay clothes during theatre shows and I was also active as an emcee on campus.
“My Malay friends told me that my collection of baju kurung is bigger than theirs. I really do love baju kurung and don’t mind spending more money to buy what I like, ” said the social media executive.
However, Tan still wears cheongsam during Chinese New Year.
> Sinar Harian reported that two brothers who tested positive for drugs were arrested by the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) in front of their parents during a roadblock in Teluk Intan.
The two siblings, who are in their 20s, were detained while on their way to Tapah in a car with their parents.
Their parents had to let the officers arrest their sons as they were already aware of their children’s drug problems.
AADK Hilir Perak chief officer Najmiah Hanafi said the two tested positive for methamphetamine.
“However, there were no seizures of drugs or any paraphernalia during the roadblock, ” she said.
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.