Compiled by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
SEVERAL cemeteries in Kerian, Perak, have decided not to open up for Qing Ming (tomb sweeping day) due to concerns about being fined for violating any Covid-19 standard operating procedure, Sin Chew Daily reported.
A committee made up of representatives from three cemeteries in the district had informed the police of their decision.
“In private cemeteries, it is easy to control the crowd. However, for traditional cemeteries on the hills, there is no fencing around the area.
“People could come in from any direction. We are unable to control the movement of people.
“So, we made the decision not to open during Qing Ming to prevent being fined, ” said Bagan Serai Guang Qiao association chairman Kong Hong Zhou.
Kong pointed out that at traditional cemeteries such as theirs, it was not uncommon for families to turn up in groups of between 10 and 30 people for Qing Ming.
The SOP for Qing Ming at cemeteries stipulated that there be no more than six people at any one time and prayers should be conducted from 5am to 6pm for 90 minutes.
> The three-year-old daughter of Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok has begun showing a talent in art, Sin Chew Daily reported.
Chantelle Kwok apparently has good control of the paintbrush.
Her proud father shared one of her artworks on Weibo, which depicted a pink shark surrounded by colourful coral.
The toddler was seen holding her mother’s hand while painting with her right hand.
Kwok, 55, is known as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Hong Kong. He married Chinese model Moka Fang in 2017.
The couple have a younger daughter named Charlotte.
> A teacher became a hero in China after her quick thinking helped save her pupils from being crushed by a falling boulder, China Press reported.
Lu Jintiao, who is from China’s Guangxi province, heard a loud rumbling when her class was in session on March 4.
Sensing something amiss, she yelled at her pupils to run out of the classroom.
A minute later, a large boulder came crashing through the classroom wall.
After making sure all 25 pupils under her care were safe, Lu ran back into the school building to raise the alarm bell.
All 202 students and teachers were evacuated in under 50 seconds.
Lu admitted later that she had been terrified.
“But the children were more scared than I was. When there was danger, they needed me, ” she said.
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.