School in Malaysia: Brainless, toxic marching as a mandatory extracurricular activity

Recently, I was woken up by my own voice in cold sweat at 5am. I was late for an extracurricular activity, specifically ā€œ(boy) scoutsā€ and was ranting to my family as they drove me to school on how I was going to get punished for being late, guaranteed. Part of that rant spilled out of my dream and out of my mouth in real life; which woke me up. At age 30, I still get nightmares about school life in Malaysia at least once a year, and Iā€™m here to tell you about one: the power-trippers and marching obsession (yes, the same kind you see in national day parades and such) in Malaysian schools.

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