The two-packet marathon was carried out before an audience of students and teachers. As the deadline loomed and his cigarette consumption flagged, the boy said he had to smoke four cigarettes at a time.
Although the school later apologised to the boy’s family, the eccentric punishment joins a growing list of oddities from the world of Malaysian education. The favorite form of discipline in schools has for many years been beating with a salted rattan cane, though teachers occasionally attempt to be more inventive. Full story...