Malaysian school hires this year's CNY animal to give pupils a close-up view

Malaysian school hires this year's CNY animal to give pupils a close-up view
Very goat: SJK (C) Padamaran A pupils taking part in the drawing contest held in conjunction with the Chinese lunar new year of the goat in Port Klang.

KLANG - Chinese New Year is already in the air at SJK Pandamaran A with 15 goats brought in for the students to sketch in a special drawing competition.

The competition was to enable the pupils to better understand Chinese culture and beliefs, and the significance of the goat year in the Chinese lunar calendar, said the school's board of trustees chairman Datuk Teh Meng Huat.

School co-curriculum senior assistant Chia Meow Eng said they decided to bring in the goats because many of the children who live in urban areas had never seen one in real life.

"We felt that this was one way of familiarising them with animals that they have never seen before," she said at the school during the competition yesterday.

The 15 goats were obtained for a fee of RM800 (S$296) for about four hours from a goatherd in Bukit Tinggi here.

Pupils Ngui Sin Yi and Nurul Dayana Farhan, both in Year 4, said they were excited to play with the goats.

Twins Tan You Min and You Lun, 12, who were born in the Year of the Goat, were particularly enthusiastic at getting the chance to take part in the competition.

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