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(in the news ::: The Star, March 11th, 2012)
I REFER to your article under the heading “Govt wants to hear your ideas” (The Star, March 4), and would like to commend the Government for wanting to review our education system.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said the Government wanted to evaluate the whole education system and would call all interested parties, including organisations, associations and institutions, to give their views, ideas and proposals at these sessions.
I REFER to a report that appeared in a Chinese newspaper about a youth who sold his kidney to buy a handphone.
This is wrong. It is sad that people treat organ trading as a means to make money.
Selling an organ for quick gain and giving your organ to someone in need are two different things.
Organ trading also leads to human trafficking and killing of innocent people. The National Transplant Resource Centre focuses on encouraging Malaysians to pledge their organs after death.
(in Letters to the Editor, NST 9th february 2012)
PAS Youth has once again called for a ban on Valentine's Day, saying the day promotes immoral activities.
The same group had called for a ban on concerts such as that by Elton John.
Such a stand on Valentine's Day is childish. The very day to express gratitude and love has been tarnished as a day to indulge in immoral activities.
Young Malaysians are mature enough to think and may celebrate the day with more meaning. Over the years, Valentine's Day, which was marketed solely to lovers, has broadened, with spouses, parents, family members and friends expressing love for each other.
The healthy progress of Valentine's Day encourages people to express gratitude to their parents.
Immoral activities happen every day. Likewise, expressions of love and gratitude can be done daily, but our Asian culture finds it difficult to express feelings, unless it is a date where everyone expresses love. Valentine's Day is the right time for Malaysians to express themselves.
Let us love each other, whether it is Valentine's Day or not.
Read more: VALENTINE’S DAY: Please understand it's not just about love - Letters to the Editor - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/valentine-s-day-please-understand-it-s-not-just-about-love-1.44196#ixzz1n9rxRvtI
I AM very concerned with the development of organ donation and organ transplantation in Malaysia (“Ministry: Laws on organ transplant need to be drafted” – The Star, March 12).
As a living liver donor, I am privileged to have experienced the complications and after-effects of giving a part of my liver to someone.
The country has over 20,000 people waiting for organs, with kidney patients topping the list. Many die while waiting for organs due to insufficient organs from cadaveric donors.
(In The Star 14th January, 2012)
I REFER to “8% of National Service trainees cannot read or write” (The Star, Jan 10). This is shocking and alarming, especially since Malaysia is gearing to be a developed nation. I suggest that students should not be allowed to move up to secondary school if they still cannot write or read when they are in the final year in primary school.
Just like college students who cannot pursue their degree if they do not possess a diploma, primary pupils should be asked to resit their papers or be tested in literacy before they can proceed to secondary level. On the other hand, teachers must ensure these retained students can read and write, perhaps with additional classes and transformational methods to teach them to read and write.
The Government can enrol the assistance of non-governmental organisations or volunteers to spend time and effort on additional reading and writing classes so that these students will eventually pick up the skills.
CHEW HOONG LING,