Unsatisfied boy throws away ang pow

ANGRY at receiving an ang pow containing only NT$1,000 (RM144), an elementary school boy from Taiwan threw it on the ground and walked away, China Press reported.

The ang pow giver, a female relative, picked it up with the money still inside and posted the incident online.

“Are elementary school children so materialistic now? Do they understand the concept of money? Do they know how difficult it is for adults to earn money?” she wrote.

Apparently, the child threw the ang pow within the giver’s presence.

The post garnered attention online, with many Internet users saying they were appalled at the child’s behaviour.

“If I had received an ang pow with NT$1,000 when I was a child, I’d have been over the moon. It’s sad that children nowadays are so materialistic, ” one wrote.

> Educationist group Jiao Zong urged the Education Ministry to stop its plan to conduct a new survey on Jawi calligraphy as many Chinese schools have indicated that they were hesitant about its implementation, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Its newly-appointed president Cheah Lek Aee said the survey would be a waste of resources.

He pointed out that the survey conducted by the ministry in 2020, which showed 97.3% of the 1,297 Chinese schools across the nation responding that they were unwilling to accept the module in its present form, was a clear enough indication of the sentiment among schools.

“We urge the Education Ministry to form a multiracial committee to carry out discussions on the matter and find a solution which is more appropriate for a multicultural society, ” he said in a statement.

It was earlier reported that six pages of Jawi calligraphy were initially planned to be introduced in Year Four Bahasa Malaysia textbooks beginning 2020 but had met with stern opposition from educationist groups such as Dong Zong and Jiao Zong.

> Despite being reunited with her husband in mainland China after being apart for nearly a year, Taiwanese singer Rainie Yang still missed her mother back home, Sin Chew Daily reported.

“Even though I’m married, my heart still misses my mum.

“I’m comforted by the fact that my sister is spending the New Year with her, ” she wrote online.

Yang said as long as she could take care of herself, it would also be a form of filial piety to her parents.

“Even though I’m unable to return home for the second day of the Lunar New Year, as long as I’ve found my happiness and do not burden my parents with worry, it is also a form of filial piety, ” she said.

By custom, a married daughter would visit the house of her parents on the second day of the Lunar New Year.

It was earlier reported that Yang and singer Li Ronghao, who were separated just months after registering their marriage in late 2019, were reunited once more in mainland China on Jan 23, which is 304 days since they had last seen each other in person.

Yang, 36, and Li, 35, married in September 2019 but were separated during the pandemic due to travel restrictions, with Li being in mainland China and Yang in Taiwan.

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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