BINTULU: Sex education is vital for teenagers, said Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Bintulu branch chairman Henry Ling.
He blamed poor sex education at home and through the Internet and movies for the rising decay of private and public morality.
“The behaviour of parents, teachers and people or the behaviour of political leaders and the way they talk in public and behave all can influence teenagers and other people alike,” he said when officiating at a sex education workshop for some 300 students at SMK Kidurong yesterday.
He pointed out that today’s teenagers are more mature compared to adults 10 to 20 years ago.
“We cannot blame the teenagers as they are not born with bad conduct, but it is all about the way their parents, teachers and the politicians teach them.
“I am delighted to know that there are still right thinking people who are willing to do this difficult task,” he said when commenting on the efforts of SMK Kidurong Chinese School Alumni Association (PBPC) to organise the workshop.
He pointed out that sexual crimes are increasing in Malaysia.
“A worrying trend is that about 50 per cent of the total number of rape cases each year is against the teenagers or young people.
“For instance, in 2005, there were 925 rape cases against girls aged 16 years old and below. In 2009, this figure raised to a total of 2,048 cases in record against this age group.” Based on studies of the pattern of sexual offences attended to at the One-Stop Crisis Centre of Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia from 2000 to 2003, he said many cases involved those known to the victims.
“Sexual offences constituted by male partners or boyfriends was at 18.9 per cent, by relatives at 27.3 per cent; and by others was at 53.8 per cent of cases respectively,” he said.
Ling also advised teenagers to avoid premarital sex.
“What I can say now is please study hard for the future now. You will have peace of mind on your life and future relationships and marriage, you will have more self-respect, be respected by other people and also more respect for each other if you do not have sex before marriage.”