Friday, April 07, 2006

shocking news!

'I AM WRITING to express my concern about the extra curricular activities that our children participate in.

About a month ago, my 13-year-old son went to an “International Understanding Day” organised by the
interact club of a school in Ipoh.

I was told there would be Rotarians supervising the students, which was why I allowed my son to go.

Imagine my shock when my son told me
there was a French-kissing competition. I was told that boys and girls, as young as 13, were encourage to kiss a partner as passionately as they could.

I am worried that the young will be induced into thinking that it is acceptable to show such display of emotion in school and in public.

In my humble opinion, there should be a guideline as to what conduct and activities should be allowed and organisers should know where to draw the line.


The Star, 27th March, 2006

what the heck? If that really happened, that certain Interact club is giving the rest of us such a bad name. For one thing, we Interactors are supposed to be model students, not rule breakers. The reason we became Interactors was to help the community to improve itself, hence the motto 'Service Above Self', instead of 'Dummy's Guide to French Kissing'. Thank goodness someone from Rotary came across the article, so, this got published.

'WE refer to the letter, "Set guides on types of activities permitted" (The Star, March 27).

District Governor Dr Ken Khoo of Rotary International District 3300 is investigating all the Rotary Clubs in Ipoh to find out which Interact Club carried out the event mentioned by Concerned Mum.

So far, the Rotary Club of Ipoh and Rotary Club of Kinta, which together sponsored six Interact Clubs in the Ipoh area, have reported that none of the clubs under their care have anything to do with this event.

While we are investigating, I would be most grateful if
Concerned Mum could let us have, through our website, the name of the school and the details of the alleged misdeed. (Dear Concerned mum, please do!)

School interact clubs are normally sanctioned by a Rotary Club in the vicinity and their objectives are to:

# RECOGNISE and develop constructive responsibility and personal integrity;

# ENCOURAGE and practise thoughtfulness and helpfulness to others;

# CREATE an awareness of the importance of home and family;

# BUILD respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual;

# EMPHASISE the acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement, and group achievement;

# RECOGNISE the dignity and value of all useful occupations and opportunities to serve society;

# PROVIDE opportunities for gaining increased knowledge and understanding of community, national and world affairs; and,

# OPEN avenues of personal and group action leading to advancement of international understanding and goodwill towards all peoples.

An Interact club is organised, sponsored and supervised by a Rotary Club or clubs and is established following the endorsement of the governor upon certification and recognition of Rotary International.

Where the Interact Club is school-connected, control and supervision of the sponsoring Rotary Club shall be exercised
in full cooperation with the school authorities.

Teacher advisers are appointed by the schools and a Rotarian adviser will work around the school-based activities of the Interact club.

Most projects are organised in the school compound and thus should be
governed by the regulations of the school authorities.

Most Interactors in Malaysian schools are over the age of 13. We believe the schools would not allow
any form of kissing and the one Concerned Mum described is definitely out of line and over the limit.

To this end, we will have to take the matter raised by her with the respective teacher advisers, seek the truth and discuss further steps to be taken for this indiscipline.

We will keep Concerned Mum posted and would like to assure her that alongside her are 3,000 other Rotarians in Malaysia and Singapore who are also concerned.


District General Secretary,

Rotary International District 3300, Kuala Lumpur. '

The Star, 7th April,2006.

I hope Concerned Mum read the article and will help Rotary District 3300 take action against this indisipline.

Bwahahaha. I sound like a tamer version of Siva man.


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