KUALA LUMPUR: Actress Lisa Surihani is on a quest to help end child sexual grooming in Malaysia, even if it means lobbying politicians.
Tomorrow, she will be calling up several Members of Parliament live on the Predator In My Phone Facebook page, asking them to support the proposed Child Sexual Crimes Bill.
“It was the first Predator In My Phone video that made me aware of what was going on,” said Lisa, referring to the undercover online documentary series by R.AGE.
The series saw R.AGE journalists meeting up with online child sex predators by disguising themselves as underage girls.
Women’s empowerment organisation WOMEN: girls, for whom Lisa is an ambassador, connected Lisa with the R.AGE team at the launch of Unicef’s #ReplyForAll child protection campaign.
Since then, Lisa, who is a law graduate, has been learning about child protection, even following R.AGE to a religious shelter for child sexual abuse survivors.
She interviewed a girl at the shelter who was sexually groomed and raped by an older man when she was 13.
“The minute the girl left the room, I just broke down and cried,” said Lisa. “She was so young and sweet and innocent. What happened to her... She didn’t deserve that.”
A video of the heartbreaking encounter will be released during Lisa’s live Facebook broadcast tomorrow at 4:45pm.
Lisa will also be launching R.AGE’s MPs Against Predators campaign, which will allow concerned citizens to message their MPs on social media, asking them to support the Child Sexual Crimes Bill in Parliament later this month.
A preliminary draft of the Bill, presented by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman last week, includes new laws against child sexual grooming, the practice of befriending a child in order to sexually exploit them.
Personalities like Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Syed Azmi Alhabshi, Jin Lim, Marianne Tan and Pandelela Rinong have all pledged their support for the MPs Against Predator campaign.
Learn more about the campaign by logging on to facebook.com/ragepmp.
MPs who wish to show their support for the campaign can contact Samantha Chow at her email: firstname.lastname@example.org.