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School Honours Teachers and Launches Charity Night

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SJK (C) Sam Chai held a dinner at the Garden Restaurant to celebrate Teachers’ Day on Sunday, August 25. The occasion was attended by about 250 teachers, staff members and guests.  During the dinner, long service awards were presented to Ms Leong Wai Ling and Ms Wong Lai Fong for their dedicated service to the school. Both have served 20 and 15 years, respectively.

SJK (C) Sam Chai Ipoh

Mementos were given to retiring Assistant Headmaster, Mr Hew Tet Choy, teacher Ms Teh Ai Chin while guests were entertained to dances by members of a local dance troupe.

The school took this opportunity to launch the Sam Chai Charity Night 2013 which will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Poi Lam (Suwa) High School grounds. The event is to raise funds for the school’s ongoing building project consisting of a 4-storey block to replace the two existing termite-ridden wooden blocks which were built in 1951 and 1961.

According to Mr Lee Chau Ju, Chairman of the Board of Governors, the school is still short of about RM3 million to complete the project. He said that a sum of RM2350 was collected and donated to the school by staff of Taiko Plantations when its appeal for funds was highlighted in Ipoh Echo recently.

Lee beckons readers who are interested to donate to this worthy cause to visit the school for an overview of the building project. He can be reached at 05-254 0087 and 05-241 5483.

SH Ong

The little girl from Menglembu

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Thinking Allowed

By Mariam Mokhtar

 

The little girl from MenglembuNews emerged on 16 August, that a defenceless five-year-old was in critical condition and fighting for her life in intensive care at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital. The girl, who is suspected to have special needs, was allegedly a victim of child abuse.

Neighbours of the girl’s family declined to talk but one alleged that the victim was often caned severely by her mother. Another unsubstantiated source alleged that the victim was a quiet girl but she would often hurt herself by banging her head against the wall.

Three days after she was admitted, the head of the paediatric department Dr Amar Singh said that the child remained unconscious and had not shown any visible movement. When she was first rushed to hospital, she had to be resuscitated.

The girl’s father said that his daughter had been taken ill with high fever but doctors who examined her subsequently found bruising, cane marks and other scars on her head and body. The obvious signs of abuse prompted them to lodge a police report. Although the medical staff were unable to confirm how the wounds had been inflicted, they knew that the injuries were unlikely to be self-inflicted, because of their severity.

Although the doctors suspected possible internal injuries, they said that scans could only be performed once the victim’s condition had improved.

The day after the report was made, the girl’s parents were arrested at their home in Menglembu, and subsequently remanded in custody for five days. The Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said that the 39-year-old father and his 30-year-old wife were being investigated under Section 325 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt.

The Perak Women Development, Family, Community Welfare and National Integration committee chairman Rusnah Kassim said that the victim’s siblings, who were two and seven-years-old, had no signs of abuse and were being cared for by the Welfare Department.

Rusnah urged parents of special needs children to seek help with medical treatment, and support from groups and welfare homes. She warned parents that abuse of the child was not a form of discipline. She also stressed that neighbours could be more pro-active and alert the authorities if they were to notice or hear signs of child abuse.

In early August, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim claimed that in 2012, there were 3831 cases of child abuse, a rise of 12 per cent over the previous year. She said that in the first three months of this year, 1023 child abuse cases had been reported and that 669 of the victims were girls.

Rohani said that her ministry had various preventive measures to address the issue of abuse. Short-term measures would involve taking the child into a welfare home or the home of a guardian appointed by the court. Long-term measures would involve the various government agencies like the police, health and education ministries, and the social welfare department working in concert with the community.

Citing problems such as financial worries or work problems as the root cause of abuse, Rohani warned parents not to take out their frustrations on their children but to seek professional help instead.

No sentence that is passed down to the perpetrators of the abuse will undo the damage that has been inflicted on the children, who will have to bear the mental and physical scars for the rest of their lives.

Whenever a case of child abuse is highlighted in the papers, we hope that the particular case will be the last and that lessons will be learnt from the investigations that were conducted, but there are always more cases.

A child is more likely to be abused by a trusted adult, like a parent or a close family member, rather than by a stranger.

Children who are abused usually show unusual behaviour traits. They are highly distressed. Some may show signs of starvation, emaciation and may scavenge for food in bins. Other signs of abuse in the child, are neglect, manifested in an unkempt or dirty appearance. Sometimes, children are forced to lie to those who enquire about their bruising, with the claim that they sustained the injuries in a fall.

Many children are afraid of telling others about their abuse. Some are ashamed. They may be bullied or bribed into keeping the abuse secret. They are afraid that if they were to tell someone of their abuse, they would be responsible for the family unit being split up. Children may harbour fears of being separated from their parent, despite the parent being an abuser.

Some years ago, the Information Minister suggested more programmes to highlight child abuse. Was any feedback received about the success or failure of these programmes?

It was reported that in 2009, the Welfare Department established 139 centres at state and district levels throughout Malaysia, in which high-risk families and their children could receive counselling and child care services. Are these units successfully providing the necessary psychological and motivational support to the needy?

Many Malaysians wrongly believe that child protection is the job of the government or the NGOs. It is not. The protection of the child is mainly the parents responsibility, and to a certain extent, also the community’s responsibility.

Whilst education and community-based programmes on the prevention of child abuse may have helped create some awareness, many individuals are still reluctant to interfere when they suspect that a child is being abused. Most people are reluctant to be called busybodies.

Perhaps, if neighbours or close family members had intervened, their actions may have helped prevent the tragedy that befell the little girl from Menglembu.

Sadly, as Ipoh Echo goes to print, news came that the little girl has succumbed to her injuries. The case has now become one of murder.

 

Doggedly Determined Doer

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Personality

Ian AndersonCommander Ian Anderson is no ordinary retiree living the simple quiet life with his Ipoh-born wife Meng Wai in Ipoh Garden. He is an iconoclast who has single-handedly built up an impressive collection of artifacts, memorabilia, photos, videos, tin mining equipment and a tremendous archive of Heritage and Social History on the worldwide web to leave a precious legacy for future generations of Ipohites.

A Scotsman, born in UK a few months before the start of World War II and educated until age 16 at Wimbledon College, Ian had a simple childhood governed by shortages of all kinds, post war restrictions and ration books. He remembers a lot about those days of war and put it simply when he said “No matter how young you are, if terrible things happen they stick in your brain. Forever!” One fun thing he has never forgotten is the celebration for VE (Victory in Europe) Day in May 1945 when at the local street party he won the fancy dress competition dressed as a Chinaman. Could that have been fate taking a hand?

At 16, like most of his classmates, he came out into the wide world with a handful of Cambridge ‘O’ Levels and the need to find a future. For in those days only the top 20 per cent or so could go on to University, everybody else had to find a job, join the armed forces, go to a Technical College or take up an apprenticeship. Ian combined two of these choices by joining the Royal Navy as an Artificer Apprentice and emerged 30 years later as a well travelled and experienced Weapons Engineering Commander.

Early on in this major journey through life he was based in Singapore as a young man and visited Malaya many times, his first visit to Ipoh being in 1962. Returning to Malaysia several times over the following years he seems to have garnered a special feeling for the country and its people, from which Ipoh and Perak benefit today.

Having left the Navy in 1985 Ian worked as a Project Manager in the shipbuilding industry for some five years and when offered a post in Kuala Lumpur he jumped at the chance to rekindle his relationship with the country. After ten years in KL, where apart from the job he took an active part in local charities and organisations, he retired as Managing Director of the British-based company and decided to stay on in Malaysia where he started his own business in partnership with a local friend. At that stage he decided to move to Ipoh to escape the KL traffic jams and escalating prices of accommodation.

Here Ipoh and Perak profited as after a quiet start he was persuaded by a local lady to start saving images and stories about the town he lived in. Thus, thanks to Kinta Properties Group, who provided the funding, Ipoh World Sdn Bhd was born. Consequently since 2004 he has built up a tremendous archive of Heritage and Social History on the ipohWorld website (www.ipohworld.org) as well as a reputation for doggedly driving forward no matter what difficulties get in the way. Today he runs his unique project from an office in Tenby Schools, Ipoh and it is they who now provide all the funding to support his passion. “Without Tenby,” Ian says, “ipohWorld would have died long ago.”

Despite being an engineer by profession who hated history at school, since he has been in Ipoh he has developed a keen interest in our heritage and history and he firmly believes that knowledge of the past is vital for future generations. Thus he is the man behind, not only the ipohWorld website and the very unusual book, “Ipoh My Home Town”, but he has also put on several exhibitions featuring local history, the latest being “A Tin Mining Family” in Falim House, his largest show so far. With free entrance this had entertained more than 12,000 visitors both locals and tourists when it closed on August 11 after a three-month run.

But he is not sitting back on his laurels even now, for he has the burning ambition to see Ipoh have its own permanent heritage gallery as part of the ipohWorld facilities. “This will provide much-needed entertainment for tourists in parallel with enhancing our students’ knowledge of their roots,” he says. He is hopeful that this will happen soon.

Since he moved to Ipoh, Ian, a Permanent Resident, has fully embraced life here, perhaps more so than most of the locals and probably knows his way (shortcuts included) around the city better than most Ipohites! Keeping his finger on the pulse of his adopted home he is often seen traversing around town, with camera in hand.

One high-ranking civil servant once had this to say about Ian, “Here is a man who cares more about Malaysia than most Malaysians.” There is no doubt about that!

SeeFoon Chan-Koppen

‘Quarry’s Response to Complaints’

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Letter

I applaud the recent statement in Ipoh Echo by Lafarge Cement that they are taking steps to protect the biodiversity within its quarries. The Limestone hills here in the Kinta Valley are actually just the “Tip of the Iceberg” and very much more limestone lies underground according to geological surveys. I urge Lafarge to spare the hills and instead practise Sub-surface Quarrying.

They can start digging underground at their present quarry site instead of blasting more hills. Since the quarry site is already degraded, just continue going below the surface and spare the hills which are the homes of so much flora and fauna. Underground quarrying, when done on degraded land, is much less damaging to the environment.

I believe that Hume Cement near Kampar is using Sub-surface Quarrying for their limestone. The hills in the Kinta Valley are of great benefit to all living things so please spare them from further destruction.

Robert Percival
Taman Tambun

Going Nuts in Ipoh

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Cover Story

By SeeFoon Chan-Koppen

While the Kinta Valley is synonymous with tin and the rich heritage it spawned, another commodity which has been overshadowed by the silver sheen of tin is the lowly groundnut, a cash crop that some entrepreneurial tin miners began planting during the Tin Rush from the 1880s onwards. Most of these groundnuts came from Menglembu where a majority of these tin miners lived. The people of Menglembu soon learned to love the groundnuts for its unique flavour and crunchiness. Before long, the term ‘Menglembu Groundnuts’ or ‘Man Lei Mong Fah Sang’ became a household name.

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Groundnuts contain more protein than meat and about two and a half times more than eggs

One businessman who capitalized on this popular demand for groundnuts is Mr Ngan Yin. He developed his own brand ‘Kacang Cap Tangan’ – meaning ‘hand brand groundnuts’ using the image of a hand giving the thumbs up sign to signify excellence. This hand image which has remained unchanged from the beginning, was to become one of the most widely known symbols of good taste not only in Malaysia, but also in Singapore as well.

This very clever subliminal suggestion of excellence has seeped into the mind of the consuming public, gaining unconscious acceptance and probably accounting for the fact that despite the plethora of peanut brands out there, Ngan Yin (the eponymous brand name) today, has captured 60% market share.

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Mechanization in 1975

As the lowly groundnut slowly but surely gained popularity to become the snack item for all occasions, Mr Ngan Yin, aiming for bigger and better markets for the groundnuts, incorporated his factory in 1975, increasing production and further imprinting ‘Kacang Cap Tangan’ into customer’s top-of-mind awareness.

Today, the Ngan Yin empire is helmed by Mr Ngan Yin’s son Dato’ Gan Tack Kong, who despite his busy schedule as the Chairman of FMM Perak Branch and sits on many boards and committees, found the time to give Ipoh Echo an interview.

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Two Varieties, White and Red

“Our groundnuts are of two varieties, the Spanish white and the Spanish red. The Spanish white are favoured by the Chinese while Malays generally prefer the red variety which is marketed as Shandong Peanuts. The Spanish white was originally grown by small farmers in plots throughout Malaysia and particularly around Ipoh and Menglembu. These smaller and more delicate nuts, take 92 to 95 days to mature while the reds which are bigger, more robust and more oily, (peanut oil is produced from these) take 110 to 120 days.

“Middlemen would collect the groundnuts from farmers just after the monsoon and deliver them to us for processing which in the old days was a laborious manual affair lasting 11 days of salting, cooking, drying in the sun and then roasting. All this changed when my father set up his factory and mechanization came in.”

Semi-Processed Imports

Today, farmers are not planting groundnuts commercially in Malaysia anymore. All the groundnuts that Ngan Yin processes and package are imported from Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Cambodia. Their factories are in Cambodia and here in Malaysia in Mambang Di Awan near Kampar.

The groundnuts come in semi-processed, meaning that they are already salted, cooked and dried. The factories then roast and sort them for the final packaging with the inimitable hand symbol emblazoned across the package or tin. Aside from a move to brighter neon colours to attract a younger market, the graphics have remained the same for all of the 65 years that the company has been in business. And the old fashioned square tins are still being sought after since the good old days when these air tight tins were hoarded to be re-used as containers to store other dry food items.

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The Original Health Snack

“No preservatives are added to the groundnuts so when you think about it, here they are, pristine  in their natural shell, lightly salted, each ‘nut’ packed with its own monounsaturated “good” fat, low in saturated “bad” fat, and voila, we have the original healthy snack. Its no wonder that our products are now placed alongside other snack items on supermarket shelves except that our Ngan Yin groundnuts are way ahead of the game in terms of heart healthy value” Dato’ Gan added.

Nutrition Facts

And there is ample reason for groundnuts to be a favoured snack food. An ounce of groundnuts can provide up to 14 per cent protein in one’s daily diet. That’s more than any other nut and legume. This high amount is especially beneficial in the diets of children, vegetarians and those aged 50 and above.

The groundnut is particularly valued for its protein content (26 per cent). On a kg for kg basis, groundnuts contain more protein than meat and about two and a half times more than eggs. Being an oil seed crop, it contains 40 to 49 per cent oil. In addition to protein and oil, groundnuts are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and boron.

According to The Peanut Institute, Albany, GA, USA, an ounce of groundnuts can provide 25 per cent of vitamin E and essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, phosphorus, potassium and zinc required in your daily diet. All these act as antioxidants which help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It is a good source of vitamin B containing folate, which helps prevent birth defects and reduces homocysteine in the blood thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. It is a good source of phytochemicals, that is, natural substances in plants which provide a variety of health benefits including reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.

Recent clinical research shows peanuts (a more popular name for groundnuts) can fight obesity because it slowly releases high glycaemic sugars into the bloodstream. This slow release of energy results in less frequent hunger pangs.

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Peanuts Facts

While “nut” is in their name, peanuts are in fact legumes (Arachis hypogaea). Peanuts actually grow underground, as opposed to nuts like walnuts, almonds, etc., that grow on trees (and are sometimes referred to as “tree nuts”). Peanuts, along with beans and peas, belong to the single plant family, Leguminosae.

Legumes are edible seeds enclosed in pods. As a group, they provide the best source of concentrated protein in the plant kingdom. While groundnuts’ physical structure and nutritional benefits more closely resemble that of other legumes, their use in diets and cuisines more closely resembles that of nuts.

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Groundnuts are no small business. With an annual turnover of RM40 million, Ngan Yin is constantly on the lookout for new markets and new sources of revenue. New customers now include Firefly which serves packets of the shelled roasted peanuts on its flights and a similar small pack is available for sale at retail outlets and supermarkets.

While there are peanuts everywhere – shelled, salted, unsalted, smoked, a plethora of options  are out there – and yet there is instant recognition when one hears the name Menglembu groundnuts. With such a successful track record and recognition especially amongst the Chinese population worldwide, Ipoh Echo asked Dato’ Gan if plans for a Peanut Museum have ever been mooted, to which he replied, “Considering that so much has been talked about re the setting up of a Tin Museum, I have often thought that a Peanut Museum would be most appropriate especially as Menglembu groundnuts has became a household name. Our hand signature logo is instantly recognisable wherever one is in the world and one day I would love to see the packaging immortalised in a museum. Together with all the other brands like the well known Pagoda and the Fisherman. Of course, the first step is to collect all the old paraphernalia that went into the processing of the original Menglembu groundnut”.

So the next time you crack open a groundnut, remember that they first achieved popularity as a snack food in Menglembu, on our very own doorstep.

Rumah Lat, an Outsider’s Perspective

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On a several-acre plot of land in Batu Gajah, world-renowned cartoonist, Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid was honoured with a ground-breaking ceremony. Known commonly as Lat, the artist shared his vision with everyone who attended the event on Thursday, August 22.

Growing up in nearby Kampung Kota Bahru and illustrating throughout his life, Lat is now bringing home his cartoons to a lakeside gallery on the outskirts of Ipoh.

world-renowned cartoonist, Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid

Calling upon his childhood in rural Perak amongst his friends, Lat’s cartoons reach the heart of what it means to be Malaysian. He understands the culture and bestows his characters with much frankness and levity to lighten the mood.

The penghulu of Lat’s kampung, Mohammad Kasim Abdul Razak, is happy to see his success and supports this endeavour to create a place for everyone to experience Malaysian culture through cartoons.

Lat is well-recognised across Malaysia for his involvement in a campaign to help children learn the value of saving, even at a young age.

Though Kampung Boy is perhaps Lat’s most well-known work, he is an international artist. He has been invited to many countries to illustrate their cultures, including the United States. His works have been translated into languages spoken around the world including Indonesian, Japanese and French.

The event for Rumah Lat had the feel of a homecoming for the cartoonist and his work. The land is ready for development and Lat is seeking funds to build the gallery and exhibits. There had been much talk in recent years of getting some exhibition of Lat’s cartoons in the Ipoh area.

Executive Councillor for Tourism, Nolee Ashilin Radzi, reflected this eager attitude of local Perakeans when she commented, “This is something that we should have had years ago.” Today all the rhetoric is embodied for the first time in this ground-breaking event.

In the coming years, Lat’s cartoons will fund this unique place for local and foreign visitors alike. One can only imagine how he is going to style the property. Could a future trip to Perak include a visit to the setting that inspired Kampung Boy?

Jordan Craig

“Successful Recruitment Strategies”

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Forty participants from diverse industries in Perak attended a talk at YMCA Ipoh entitled “Successful Recruitment Strategies” recently. It was a joint collaboration by Allways People Sdn Bhd, MIHRM and Ipoh Echo. Zaini bin Yaacob, Director of Industrial Relations Perak was the guest of honour.

Successful Recruitment Strategies

Although held during the fasting month of Ramadan, the spirit of gaining  and sharing knowledge was prevalent based on the response of the participants.

The talk began with a presentation from J. Aresandiran, President of the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM). He said that MIHRM plays a pivotal role in developing and building the HR capabilities of HR practitioners in Malaysia.

Many HR practitioners who have attended the certificate and diploma programmes of MIHRM have benefited by holding senior HR positions in large companies. In return, these companies have managed to move their people-value proposition to strategic levels for organisational effectiveness.

He encouraged the participants to up-skill themselves by attending the various HR certification programmes that will lead to being certified functional HR practitioners. This will enable them to deliver better HR services and value for their organisations.

Ngo Tuan Siong of MIS and Associates Sdn Bhd spoke on “Effective and Efficient Compensation Systems”. He said that apart from Recruitment and Retention, Reward is an important aspect in any organisation. Managing an effective reward system will ensure better attraction and retention of employees.

The highlight of the talk was on “Successful Recruitment Strategies” by Leslie Lim, Council Member of MIHRM. He presented various recruitment strategies to be adopted by industries from operators, clerical, executives and managerial positions. The key to successful recruitment strategies is dependent on the adoption of a Recruitment Master Plan that helps to:

Track the status of recruitment efforts such as timelines, person-in-charge, cost, targeted number of personnel, achievements and a column for remarks.

Update the plan on a daily basis or at least twice a week.

Hold regular meetings with the respective hiring managers or departments requesting these personnel.

At the end of the talk Asohan Satkunasingham, the Managing Director of Allways People Sdn Bhd, thanked the participants for their presence. He added that the following courses will be conducted in Ipoh once a minimum of 10 participants are secured for each module.

The likely date of launch is October 1. Having the courses in Ipoh is cost effective as students need not travel to Kuala Lumpur to attend them. The proposed courses are:

Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management leading to Functional Certification as “Certified Human Resource Officer”.

Professional Diploma in Human Resource Management leading to Functional Certification as “Certified Human Resource Manager”.

Certified Industrial Relations Managers Course leading to becomng a specialist in Industrial Relations/Employee Relations.

For registration and more information on these courses kindly contact Taha Nasir at 017-540 0859, Malini at 012-941 5134 or Asohan at 017-578 6817.

Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013

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Attracting more than eight hundred players, the recently concluded HST Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013, was a huge success. According to the tournament’s organising chairperson, Dr Lee Boon Chye, Member of Parliament for Gopeng, it was possibly the largest badminton tournament ever held in Ipoh.

Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013

“The response was overwhelming, and we have seen quality performances over the past three days, especially in the finals. This is very encouraging to the badminton fraternity in Perak. The organising committee has certainly worked hard, and I would like to express my thanks to them and to the generous sponsors.”

Korean badminton legend, Park Joo Bong, who was the guest-of-honour to kick off the tournament, in conjunction with the opening of the 22-court badminton arena in Ampang, Ipoh, remarked, “I was surprised by the standard of the arena here. It’s even better than those in Kuala Lumpur.”

There were a total of ten categories in HST Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013. The winners and scores were:

  • Men’s Novice Doubles: Supian & Iryadi (18-21, 22-20, 21-11)
  • Junior Veteran Doubles: Liew Siew Fatt & Goh Chee Heng (21-19, 21-12)
  • Senior Veteran Doubles: Choong Chee Kong & T. Murthy (16-21, 21-11, 21-19)
  • Ladies Novice Doubles: Lin Hui Ching & Azniza (21-9, 21-13)
  • Mixed Novice Doubles: Lim Wooi Kip & Lim Fooi Choi (21-12, 21-19)
  • Boys’ Singles Under 18: Kelvin Ng (21-11, 21-13)
  • Boys’ Singles Under 15: Lye Jun Cheng (21-13, 18-21, 21-10)
  • Boys’ Singles Under 12: Loo Bing Kun (21-7, 21-13)
  • Boys’ Doubles Under 15: Wilson Phua & Goh Ewe Lean (21-18, 17-21, 21-11)
  • Boys’ Doubles Under 12: Ling Wei Jie & Loo Bing Kun (21-9, 21-16)

The champions received trophies, cash prizes, and Protech-sponsored badminton racquets and racquet bags. The first runners-up were also awarded prizes.

Emily

Council will Evict Dirty Flat Dwellers

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A hundred mouse traps were distributed to eateries in Old Town by Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim recently. This was part of a rodent control campaign organised in conjunction with the nationwide Gotong-Royong Perdana 1 Malaysia Programme. The national programme kicked off at the Menggatal wet market in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, while at the state-level, it was concurrently launched in Ipoh and Taiping.

Council will Evict Dirty Flat Dwellers

As part of the council’s Community Service Responsibility initiative, Kinta Heights and its surrounding areas were selected for this gotong-royong and rodent control activity on the morning of Saturday, August 24. The council’s initiative was supported by representatives from the local Rukun Tetangga, Perak Drainage and Irrigation Department, Kinta District Health Office, Fire and Rescue Department, non-governmental organisations, residents and volunteers.

Roshidi expressed his anger and disappointment that despite repeated reminders throughout his term as mayor to keep Ipoh clean, it is still not as clean as it used to be. “I’ll no longer compromise on cleanliness. Kinta Heights residents caught littering will be evicted from their flats, and those who tip off the council will enjoy a month’s free rental.”

He continued, “I have done my best as mayor, but it is the public’s attitude towards cleanliness that needs changing. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the area clean.”

Ipoh City Council has been running rodent control programmes since December 2011. This year, a special allocation of RM31,092 has been approved for this project.

Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to the Leptospira bacteria, transmitted to humans through water contaminated with animal urine. Rodents are one of the primary hosts of the bacteria. For the first seven months of this year, there were 277 reported cases of Leptospirosis in Perak, with one death.

Emily

Tenby’s New Campus

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The new Tenby Schools’ campus in Bandar Meru Jaya might just be the answer for parents who are seeking an international-level education for their kids. Covering an area of 13.5 acres, the school held its soft launch on Thursday, August 22.

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With five campuses around Malaysia, Tenby has a total of more than 1000 students in all of its branches. In addition to Malaysians, many of them are of different nationalities such as Japanese, Koreans, Indians, Pakistanis, Americans and others.

The new campus offers a conducive and secluded environment which is very suitable for studying. It has many facilities that students can enjoy, like classroom blocks, early-years centres, specialist rooms for science subjects, library and an expressive arts centre.

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Co-curricular programmes are given emphasis by the setting up of the sports complex that includes a swimming pool, football field and a multi-purpose hall. This is to keep students from burying their noses inside academic books all day.

“We encourage students to take part in at least one or more co-curricular activities,” said Mdm Lee Yam Sei, Director of Tenby Schools Ipoh.

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With the vision of “A United World at Peace – Through Education”, Tenby hopes to promote a living model of racial and cultural diversity, international mindedness through its International and Malaysian curricula.

Lena