The Star front-paged a story today about schools in several states where "magic pills" were being sold to the students with the promise that the pills will make them smarter and do well in exams.
WTF!!! Yes, that was exactly my reaction when I read the headline story.
According to The Star report the promoters claim that the “get smart” pills, named Dimensi 108, which are marketed as food supplements, can alter children’s behaviour to make them more obedient and hard-working as well as resistant to illnesses. If any parent discovered that someone was peddling pills (magic or otherwise) to their kids they'd flip. Of course. But the most scary thing is not just the pills-peddling but that one headmistress actually condones the whole thing saying that most parents merely misunderstood and that the pills were food supplements to help pupils concentrate and build energy for the upcoming examination. She said “The product also has the endorsement of the Malaysian Federation of the Council of Headmasters, meaning that it has been approved by the Health and Education ministries”. Now if that doesn't scare the shit out of you I don't know what will.
Parents who can afford to take their kids out of national schools but have not yet done so for whatever reasons are surely going to be thinking even harder about the options now.
Magic pills for school children approved by the ministries of Education and Health???!!! And remember, these pills also make people "more obedient". I wonder when the government will be giving these magic pills to the Rakyat disguised as 1Malaysia something or other. Beware strangers bearing gifts when the next election comes around.
p/s No I didn't buy The Star. Read it for free while waiting for my car to be serviced. Heh heh heh......