Bid to teach the young to love selves first

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Mar 2017

Having a great time: (Second row from left) Indra Kumari, Unicef U-Report National Project Coordinator Nishanthini Terumalai, D11 officer ASP Zuraini Muhammad Zin, the writer who is Predator In My Phone lead, Terengganu FPA family medical counsellor Dr Norhana Binti Yazid and Ling with participants at the town hall in Kuala Terengganu.

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Star’s R.AGE investigative documentary series Predator In My Phone was screened here as the start of a nationwide tour to promote discussions on cybergrooming and reproductive health education.

The initiative called Saya Sayang Saya is co-organised by Unicef, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, WOMEN:girls, R.AGE, and supported by the Royal Malaysian Police’s Sexual, Women and Child Investigation D11 division and the Terengganu Family Planning Association (Terengganu FPA).

“We hope to achieve a movement of young people who will be empowered to make safe choices,” said Indra Kumari Nadchatram, Unicef Malaysia Communication Specialist.

“At one level, we can have all the advocates lead from the back, but for change to happen, it’s got to be a youth movement, for young people to say saya sayang saya (I love myself),” said Indra.

Saya Sayang Saya is a follow up to Unicef’s #ReplyForAll-MY town hall in Kuala Lumpur last year to call for enactment of laws against sexual grooming, which is championed by R.AGE’s MPs Against Predators campaign.

The Saya Sayang Saya town hall was conducted with representatives from R.AGE, PDRM, Digi and Terengganu FPA to introduce the issues, followed by a Q&A and discussion with the participants.

Over 240 secondary school students and their teachers attended the first townhall here which was held at Yayasan Pembangunan Keluarga Terengganu yesterday.

The participants were also encouraged to take part in polls on teen relationships and online dating on Unicef Malaysia’s U-Report platform.

“We want to build and strengthen schoolchildren’s digital resiliency toward online risks,” said Philip Ling, Digi Sustainability programme manager.

“We started the session with 200-over students who have never heard of cybergrooming and ended up with 200 ambassadors who can now spread the awareness to their peers,” said Ling.

The town hall will be held in Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan in Pahang today, followed by Kelantan, Sabah, Sarawak and Kedah in the coming months.

Members of the public can register for the townhalls at, and like for the latest updates.

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