Compiled by C. ARUNO, RAHIMY RAHIM AND R. ARAVINTHAN
A 14-YEAR-OLD boy ended up with kidney damage after being forced to perform 200 squats and run around the school field as punishment for chatting in class.
According to Sin Chew Daily, the teenager in China’s Hunan province was punished by a teacher on Sept 12 for talking to other students while lessons were going on.
According to his uncle, the boy, whose surname was Liu, felt pain in his muscles and had trouble walking after performing 200 squats.
His urine was also the colour of tea, a symptom of rhabdomyolysis, in which damaged skeletal muscles break down rapidly.
Two days later, Liu was further asked to run around the school field, where he collapsed after six rounds. The school contacted Liu’s mother to pick him up.
Realising that her son’s condition could be life-threatening, she rushed him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis which is a muscle injury.
According to doctors, he could have lost his life from kidney failure had he arrived at the hospital later.
Liu was admitted to intensive care unit.
The Ningxiang Municipal Education Bureau has sacked the teacher in question and promised to foot all of Liu’s medical bills.
> Malaysian singer Fish Leong (pic) was dismayed that she had sung out of tune during a stage show, China Press reported.
The 45-year-old from Negri Sembilan, popularly known as the Queen of Love Ballads, failed to hit the high notes when performing one of her classics titled Wings of Love during her tour in China recently.
Fans noted that the singer appeared to be out of breath during the concert.
Leong responded on social media immediately after the concert, admitting that she “screwed up”.
“I will take care of my body and thank you for your concern,” she said.
Leong kicked off her “When We Talk About Love” world tour in Shanghai in May.
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.