LAST_UPDATESat, 21 Jul 2018 9pm

What Are Today's Headlines?

Featured on the English dailies today are news about the sudden halt of the Dual Language Programme (DLP) in national schools, a heartless criminal who looted a person who was dying, floods affecting the first day of school and the focus on Barisan Nasional (BN) meeting tonight.

A Damper Over The DLP – A blogger by the name of ‘Cikgu Nurul’ has claimed that the DLP has been abruptly shelved in the new school year which just started, The Star reports. Schools that have adopted the programme are now concerned, while the Ministry of Education has yet to comment.

Totally Heartless – A man in Johor Bahru pretended to help a dying Form Four student who was just hit by a van near Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, but the former instead walked off with a handphone and just left the student to die, according to MalayMail.

Washed Out – theSun reported 2,834 students from 21 schools were unable to attend their first day of school due to the worsening flood situation. The schools are located in Pahang, Kelantan, Sarawak, Terengganu and Johor.

All Eyes On BN Meeting Tonight – New Straits Times reported on analysts mulling over the implication of tonight’s meeting of the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council and whether it is a prelude to the calling of a general election. They believe seat allocations will be on the agenda.

The Malay dailies focused on the rising threat of cyberbullying, RELA personnel being ineligible to vote via post, PAS’s preference for Datuk Seri Najib Razak to retain his post as Prime Minister, a mother torturing her own child and a local cosmetics entrepreneur's gender being called into question.

Ancaman Buli Siber Serius (Serious Threat Of Cyberbullying) – CyberSecurity Malaysia claims cyberbullying is more harmful than physical bullying, which could result in suicide, according to Berita Harian.

Anggota RELA Bukan Pengundi Pos (RELA Personnel Not Eligible For Postal Voting) – The Election Commission has denied the rumour going around that the four million RELA members are postal voters, Utusan Malaysia reports.

Ibu, Kekasih, Mengaku Aniaya 3 Beradik (Mother, Lover, Admit To Torturing 3 Children) – A woman has pleaded guilty to torturing her children with another man, according to Kosmo!.

PAS Nak Najib Kekal (PAS Wants Najib To Remain In Power) – Sinar Harian reported on Pakatan Harapan claims that PAS will support BN and refuses the party’s decision to elect a temporary Prime Minister as PAS wants Datuk Seri Najib to remain as Prime Minister.

‘Lelaki Cantik’ (A 'Pretty' Man) – Harian Metro focused on the dubious gender of cosmetics businessman Safiey Illias, as motivational speaker Dr Syahr Musafir has called for a boycott on the entrepreneur for mocking religion. On the other hand, the Pahang mufti cautioned that a less confrontational approach be used handle the issue.

The Chinese vernacular dailies focused on topics relating to the start of the school year, as students began their classes yesterday.

Helmet Ban For Parents – In order to deter parents from going to school and causing trouble with teachers including using objects to threaten them, the National Union Of Teaching Profession (NUTP) have suggested that parents should not be allowed to bring dangerous items into schools that can be used as weapons , according to China Press.

Lower Enrolment In SRJK(C) – Sin Chew Daily reported that after four years, the number of new students enrolling in SRJK(C) has dropped to 40,000 this year. Among the reasons for the decline are parents opting for private or international schools, and declining fertility rates.

-- mD