Monday, June 28, 2010

Not Bijak

JJ arrived home from school recently with a new pair of school shoes. Each student is entitled to a pair of shoes every year. I think it comes from some sort of donation programme; or perhaps someone or some organisation must have sponsored these shoes on an annual basis. So JJ had a pair from last year too.

I'm not very familiar with the brandname—Bijak. For the benefit of those of you who don't understand Malay, "bijak" means wise, smart or clever. I think this donation programme is a good idea. I'm sure some of these poor kids will find an extra pair of shoes very useful. I appreciate that the school is not showing any favouritism amongst the kids. Absolutely everyone gets a pair, rich and poor.

But I would appreciate it even more if my JJ can actually fit into those shoes. The school does not bother about the size—the teachers are only concerned with distributing the shoes. Whether those shoes fit or not, that is none of their business. I can't see anything bijak in that at all.

So now JJ has a choice to keep these shoes in the box for probably 5 years or so before she can fit into them. That is of course assuming that the cockroaches won't get to them first. Either that or perhaps I will donate them to an orphanage one of these weekends.

Somebody should really consider changing the brandname from Bijak to, say, Skxawng.

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