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School Lunch in the Toilets Off the Menu in Selangor

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SchoolLunchGreat news! We no longer have to be embarrassed by third world images of Selangor schoolchildren eating their lunch in a school changing room, with Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan declaring the matter "resolved".

"The headmaster had good intentions but chose a poor location," he explained by way of understatement, before giving details of the relocated eating facility at the school.

But now that it is all over, it's time for the blame game to begin. The headmaster of SK Seri Pristana in Sungai Buloh has been accused of locking out a group of irate parents demanding answers Wednesday. They were only admitted onto the school property when Minister Kamalanathan arrived on the scene.

And these parents have rejected the excuse for the "temporary" canteen near the toilets, which is that major renovations of the main canteen were taking place. They said only a set of doors were being changed and there was further anger about witch hunt carried out by the teachers in just the past 48 hours.

Children have been asked who it was who took the photos of the now-infamous "temporary" canteen which have since gone viral on social media thus sparking this brouhaha.

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School Lunch in the Toilets on the Menu in Selangor

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SchoolLunchDiffering accounts have emerged as to why non-Muslim students at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Pristana in Sungai Buloh, Selangor have been shut out of their canteen during the fasting month.

One version is that it is so as to not offend Muslim students; the second is that the canteen is closed because there are no cleaning staff available.

But what is not in dispute is the result of this lockout: The mainly Indian students have been ordered to eat the lunches they have brought from home in the school's changing room. Pictures have emerged on social media of children eating with sinks and shower heads clearly visible in the background. Some children have also complained about the awful smells wafting from the adjoining toilets.

The issue has even trended on Twitter under the hashtag #makandalamtoilet. Parents are incensed that the school has done so little to even attempt to make alternative provisions during Ramadan and the school switchboard has been jammed with irate callers.

Deputy Education Minister II P Kamalanathan has waded in saying: "We view the matter with gravity and we will take stern action to ensure it will not recur," and he ordered the school to immediately find another eating location.

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More Court Verdicts Dismantle Pakatan’s Allegations of GE13 Foul Play

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AnwarPlacatesLimOn Tuesday, Pakatan Rakyat suffered yet another blow to their series of spurious election petitions against Barisan Nasional over the distribution of seats at GE13.

In Kelantan, Judge Datuk John Louis O'Hara ruled that Federal Opposition petitions for two state seats and one parliamentary seat should be dismissed, in part because the petitioners "failed to comply with provisions under the Election Petition Rules 1954".

The petitioners for the Air Lanas, Mengkebang and Manik Urai seats were ordered to pay costs totalling RM260,000.

The tale is remarkably similar to the case of the Machang parliamentary seat last week, where Judge Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub again dismissed the petition, brought about by PKR, after they failed to adhere to the rules where only one counsel could represent them.

To lose one petition may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose four looks like carelessness.

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Luckily, Criticism from Nurul Izzah Wasn’t Part of the TPPA Agenda

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NurulIzzah-TPPAThe TPPA talks that finish Wednesday in Kota Kinabalu have been taking place behind closed doors but unfortunately, that doesn't mean the delegates have been shut off from the greater excesses of those in Malaysia who brazenly ignore the facts to oppose the free trade deal.

The delegates come from Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and the United States. They could, if they wanted, have read in our domestic media the wild claims that the TPPA will take trade control out of the jurisdiction of the Malaysian courts. This is a complete falsehood. While any trading bloc necessitates a joint body to solve disputes, the TPPA will do nothing to erode our sovereignty.

And they could have heard the one favoured by PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar: That the TPPA will deny thousands of Malaysians life-saving drugs by barring generic imports of popular medications.

This is another red herring. While big pharma – which spends about $1 million per day on drug research per company – has allowed generic versions of their drugs in third world markets in the past, it is a system which is already under pressure with or without TPPA. This is because rather than just helping the poor, generic drug manufacturers, who are mainly based in India, have been flooding the world without a concern about intellectual property. The system was broken long before it made it onto the TPPA agenda.

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BN’s Strong Foundations in Kuala Besut Look Set to Pay Off for Abe Ku

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TeamBN-KBWith all the media attention being laid on PAS' inept antics in recent days, the efforts of Barisan Nasional to connect with the Kuala Besut constituency have at times seemed muted by comparison.

But whether connecting online (contradicting Datuk Seri Hadi Awang who implied the state seat was filled with Luddites) or the old-fashioned way with a house visit, Barisan Nasional candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abd Rahman has been keeping busy.

BN's Deputy Director in charge of the Kuala Besut by-election, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, explained on Monday that traditional ceramahs were not as effective during Ramadan and that the best strategy for the former district engineer was hard work.

"We are not focusing on ceramah. There is no time to conduct ceramah after tarawih prayers," he said, confident that he had "youth and credibility" on his side.

"Our candidate is far better. He is a professional and an ustaz's son. Our machinery is also effective."

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