Good old Singapore – you just can’t beat it. From today’s Malaysian Star:
STUDENTS of a secondary school in Singapore, who were recently found to be wearing coloured bras to school, were forced to go braless, reported China Press.
According to the daily, the school only allowed students to wear white, beige and light grey bras.
The daily said most of the affected students were caught wearing coloured bras during a Physical Education class
They were forced to remove the bras in the bathroom, which were then confiscated.
Describing the action as “too much”, the daily quoted the students as saying they were mortified, more so as male teachers were present.
The daily said a school spokesman admitted that those who had given the order had “gone overboard.”
She said the school had decided to provide white bras for those flouting the rules.
The daily also reported that several schools in the republic were taking different approaches in dealing with the matter.
One school was already selling bras to students.
Others had informed the parents before asking the students to leave the school to change their bras.
The daily, together with Nanyang Siang Pau and Sin Chew Daily, front-paged a report that a six-year-old girl who died in a road accident recently had saved the lives of five others.
Her two corneas, kidneys and heart had been donated to five people.
On Feb 26, the girl and her father, were involved in a crash while going back to Muar from Penang.
The child, who suffered a fractured skull, died two days later.
I lived in Singapore for four years and I can tell you, the papers are full of this kind of stuff every day. I once came first and second in an international competition for ridiculous headlines with these from the Straits Times: “Doctor examined child’s ear and found it normal” and “Decorative telephone topples over easily”.
One thing I like about the story above is the bizarre mixing of the pedantic application of ridiculous rules with genuine tragedy. I used to see that all the time too. In this case the story of a little girl’s death appears under the headline "Braless order at school" – that must have made the parents feel great.