Groups seek RM100mil for SJKCs in Budget


Compiled by JAROD LIM, C. ARUNO, SIRA HABIBU and R. ARAVINTHAN

EDUCATIONIST groups Dong Zong and Jiao Zong have asked the government to allocate RM100mil for SJKCs in Budget 2021, China Press reported.

Dong Zong president Tan Tai Kim noted that Chinese vernacular schools had been allocated RM50mil each year since 2014, adding that there are 883 SJKCs in the country.

Tan said that many of these schools are in dire need of repair, adding that RM43.78mil out of the RM50mil this year were used for repair works.

“The RM50mil allocation does not fully meet the practical needs of these schools, ” he added.

Both Jiao Zong (United Chinese School Teachers’ Association) and Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees’ Association) are collectively known as Dong Jiao Zong.

> A Shanghai university has organised a programme where teachers and students can upload pictures of empty plates to an app to win meal vouchers, Sin Chew Daily reported.

The initiative by Shanghai Jiao Tong University came about after a trend on appreciating food emerged in the city.

Using Artificial Intelligence, the app will determine whether someone had finished the meals by analysing the empty plate.

Once the empty plate is “approved”, winners would get a voucher to be used in the university canteen.

Apparently, the app has a 96% accuracy.

A spokesman said that about 80,000 images had been uploaded and that the programme has succeeded in reducing food wastage in the university.

> Hong Kong singer-songwriter Gloria Tang posted a vlog on YouTube, showing how she reacted when she thought that she had damaged a figurine of a Marvel superhero, Sin Chew Daily.

Tang, 27, was opening a parcel containing a 1:6 scale figurine of Iron Man when it fell off the table, causing a leg to break.

“Oh my god. I broke his leg. I’m sorry my dearest Iron Man, ” she was heard saying in the video.

Fortunately, Tang found that the limbs were detachable.

Tang, known professionally as G.E.M. (Get Everybody Moving), recently became the first Chinese female singer to have three videos exceeding 100 million views on YouTube.

> A celebrity chef in China was slammed after he uploaded a video tutorial on making egg fried rice on the birthday of late war hero Mao Anying, the son of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong, China Press reported.

Chef Wang Gang uploaded the video in Weibo on Oct 24, which coincided with Anying’s birth day.

Anying died during the Korean War in 1950 after smoke from his attempt at making egg fried rice alerted the American air force who dropped napalm bombs on the building where he was in.

Wang’s video tutorial on Oct 24 was perceived as distasteful by netizens.

He apologised for having offended anyone.

“I only realised this after reading the comments, ” Wang 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.

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