HIV/AIDS campaign targets sexually active Chinese

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita MCA will start a sex education cum HIV/AIDS awareness campaign by the middle of this year, targeting the sexually active in the Chinese community. 

Its chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said that Wanita MCA would be working together with other organisations such as the media, UNAIDS and Malaysian Aids Council on the project. 

The campaign, she added, would be conducted in various Chinese dialects.  

“Many Chinese are not aware that HIV/AIDS is rampant. A minimum of two out of the 10 cases reported daily involved Chinese.  

HAVING FUN: Dr Ng singing at Wanita MCA's "Thinking Women and Press Night in Celebration of International Women's Day" in Kuala Lumpur on Monday with Ena (on her right) and deputy Wanita MCA chief Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew (on her left).

“They are of the mentality that it is not their problem, but it is,” she said on Monday night after the Wanita MCA’s “Thinking Women and Press Night in Celebration of International Women’s Day” at the party’s headquarters. 

Dr Ng said brochures, talks and support groups were among the ways to be used to create awareness.  

In January, Wanita MCA had set up a health bureau to address issues on HIV/AIDS because of the rising number of Chinese contracting the virus. 

On another matter, Dr Ng said: ”Let women take the lead in bringing about a thinking society where women will listen, read, and then think, so that they will become wise individuals, wives and mothers.”  

Among those who attended the function were Datin Seri Ena Ling, wife of MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman president Datuk Dr Ng Lay Swee, Wanita MCA deputy chairman Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew and Wanita MCA national organising secretary Chew Mei Fun.  

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