Moved by pupils’ performance, donors chip in to upgrade school


Compiled by CHOW HOW BAN, CASSANDRA VICTOR and R. ARAVINTHAN

A TOUCHING performance by pupils of SJK (T) Lorong Java at their Seremban school’s 125th anniversary celebration moved a local businessman to help upgrade the school’s facilities, Makkal Osai reported.

The event served to highlight the lack of a hall for assemblies, the congested school canteen and the need for a science lab.

Headmaster Mohan Govindan said the school’s additional building was completed two years ago but more needed to be done.

He said the school, parents and pupils were thankful to the state government, state exco members J. Arul Kumar and Nicole Tan, as well as Rasah MP Cha Kee Chin for making the project a reality.

However, he said the school still lacked facilities and the pupils pleaded for these creatively through their performance.

Datuk Seri Dr S. Xavier Nathan, who was the special guest, pledged to help fulfil the school’s needs and started the ball rolling by donating RM44,400 to the school fund.

This led a group of young entrepreneurs headed by businessman Dr Thinakaran to donate RM15,000 while the Seremban-based LS Square company contributed RM12,500.

> An elderly man in Karnataka, India, swallowed 187 coins weighing about 1kg over a few months, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Timappa Harijan, 60, said to be an alcoholic, apparently suffered a mental breakdown several months ago.

Unknown to his only daughter who was taking care of him, the elderly man began swallowing coins regularly.

When he suddenly became very ill, x-rays by doctors at the Raichur hospital revealed the big number of coins lodged in his stomach. The surgery was a success.

He underwent emergency surgery and doctors removed 56 five rupee coins, 51 two rupee coins, and 80 one rupee coins weighing about a kg from his stomach.

The patient is reportedly in a stable condition.

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.

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