Malaysia education ministry mulls action over ‘fidget spinners’: Report

 
In this photo illustration, a woman holds a fidget spinner. (Photo: AFP / Drew Angerer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA)

Malaysia’s education minister Mahdzir Khalid said the new gadget had just entered the market and the effect of its usage had yet to be known, The Star reported on Friday (May 12).

“It is a new gadget and there are numerous views on its use, we need to wait for a full report from the authorities and stakeholders before discussing it in a committee at the ministerial level,” he said in the report.

Mahdzir said this in response to media reports on allegations that the fidget spinner was dangerous and could cause harm or be used as a weapon, as well as in response to calls for the ministry to monitor the phenomenon as it could distract the learning process among students.

The fidget spinner is a toy originally intended to be used for stress relief or to help those who have trouble focusing. However schools across the world have started to ban them, claiming they are too distracting.

Earlier this month, schools in Manchester, England, announced a ban on the gadgets, local media reported.

According to the Manchester Evening News, All Hallows RC High School in Salford told parents that “they are a distraction to learning and can be dangerous. Any fidget spinners seen in school will be confiscated”.

As of May 10, at least 63 high schools in the United States have either banned or have plans to ban them, according to Spinner List, the self-proclaimed “biggest database of all fidget spinners and makers on the market”.

Source: CNA/nc

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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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