In the News: Lacking in civic education

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/1/14/north/3001512&sec=north

Wednesday January 14, 2009

By MANJIT KAUR

SCHOOL children nowadays lack civic education especially concerning cleanliness, said Penang state executive councillor Lydia Ong Kok Fooi.

She said students in her time were taught to keep the class, school and environment clean.

“But nowadays, Malaysians throw rubbish everywhere. When they eat fruits, they will throw the skin by the roadside,” she said.

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Ong, who is chairman of the State Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee, was speaking at the opening the Effective Micro-Organism (EM) seminar for the Penang Japanese community.

“I am happy to see that the Japanese residing in Penang have come out to educate the private sector on the use of the EM (effective micro-organisms) technology. This will help clean grease traps in drains that are the source of pollution of rivers,” she said.

Ong said she was also planning to have a series of “healthy” acti-vities starting next month during weekends.

“There will be cycling, jogging and taichi among others from 7am to 11am on Sundays around George Town.

“And on Saturday nights at the Esplanade, there will cultural dances, traditional games and break-dance,” she said.

She said she was working out the details with the relevant associations.

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