PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Schools in several states have been "pushing" pills that supposedly make pupils cleverer.
The promoters also 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.
Concerned parents from a school in Kuala Lumpur contacted The Star when the tablets were distributed to Year Six pupils earlier this week, saying their children were being forced to buy the pills.
One parent said she had asked her daughter to return the pills to the class teacher and refused to pay for them.
"When my daughter and a few of her friends returned the pills, the teacher told them not to blame her if they are tak pandai (not clever) in their UPSR (which starts on Sept 9).
"Can you believe that? The teacher is supposed to encourage the kids to work hard for their exams and not rely on some pills with so-called magical properties,'' the outraged parent told The Star.
Another complainant, whose brother is studying at the school, has lodged a written complaint with the Health Ministry.
"A ministry official told me that they will look into the matter, and I have also sent pictures of the packaging of the pills with the ministry's logo on it.