Malaysia kids given pills to be smarter
SCHOOLS in several Malaysian states have been "pushing" pills that are said to make pupils smarter.
The promoters also claim the "get smart" pills, named Dimensi 108, can alter children's behaviour to make them more obedient and hard-working, as well as being resistant to illnesses.
Concerned parents from a school in Kuala Lumpur contacted The Star newspaper when the tablets were distributed to Year Six pupils earlier this week.
One parent said she had asked her daughter to return the pills to her teacher, refusing to pay for them.
"The teacher told them not to blame her if they are (not clever)," said the parent.
The school's headmistress said parents had misunderstood the nature of the pills and that it was not compulsory for pupils to buy them.
She said: "The product has the endorsement of the Malaysian Federation of the Council of Headmasters, meaning that it has been approved by the health and education ministries."
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK