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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 00:00

Create a Firewall in the Minds of the Youngsters

Written by  By KL & Selangor and Melaka’s Documenting Volunteer Team / Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

Tzu Chi University’s students and staff Jian Li Ren (1st right) in action at Tsun Jin High School.【Photograph by Kevin Tan Kok Sieong】

After the training camp, the Tzu Chi University (TCU) team went to schools in Klang Valley, Melaka, Seremban and Muar to promote “Say No to Drug” campaign to students.


After the training camp, the Tzu Chi University (TCU) team went to schools in Klang Valley, Melaka, Seremban and Muar to promote “Say No to Drug” campaign to students.

On July 4 and 5, the team went to Kuen Cheng High School, Tsun Jin High School, Chung Hua Independent High School Klang, Bukit Maluri Secondary School, Jinjang Secondary School and Menjalara Secondary School and held 8 sessions of talks on anti-drug.

The movie “Disobedient Son (逆子)” touched the hearts of Kuen Cheng’s 520 students and 8 teachers. It depicts the story of former drug addict, Huang Rui Fang, who is now a dedicated Tzu Chi volunteer.

The session was held in a relaxing and interactive manner. The speakers informed the students not to even think of trying drugs out of curiosity, not even once because drugs are addictive. Many drug addicts ended up in jails as they had resorted to crimes to get money to satisfy their craving for more drugs.

TCU students disclosed that the few categories of drugs available in the market are stimulants, anti-depressants (sedatives), hallucinogens and so on. The common ones are heroin, morphine, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and cannabis.

In order to instill this urgent message into their minds, three students were invited on stage to play a game: to crush a piece of aluminum foil and then try to straighten it again to its original state. They all tried but were in vain. Following the game, participants were shown a picture of a drug addict’s brain damaged by drugs, and which can never return to its healthy state, just like the crushed aluminum foil.

The speaker warned the students to be always on the alert about drinks and food given by people in public places as they could be spiked.

How much do you know about drugs?

The 600 students and 11 teachers of Tsun Jin High School were shown another anti-drug movie entitled, “Breaking the Waves (破浪而出)”.

The movie features the life stories of Cai Tian Sheng and Lin Chao Qing. Because of their drug addiction, Cai and Lin, as well as, their family members, experienced pain and suffering, not to mention the discriminations they faced after their release from jail. It is hoped that this movie will always serve to remind the students to avoid drugs totally.

Besides the movie, the TCU team also showed the students pictures of the damage caused to our bodies and minds due to drug abuse. A quiz was then given to test the students’ knowledge on drugs.

Teacher Jiang Rui Qi from Kuen Cheng High School and Teacher Yu Jie Qi from Tsun Jin High School found the information very useful. They will share it with the other students who were not present.

From July 6 to 10, the TCU anti-drug promotional team proceeded to Melaka Jing-Si Hall, Yok Bin Secondary School, St. David High School, Pay Fong High School and Montfort Youth Centre in Melaka, Bukit Kepayang Secondary School in Seremban, Pei Hwa High School and Chung Hwa High School in Muar.

Having undergone rigorous training, the TCU team was able to use games and sketches to capture the audience’s attention so that the message could be effectively passed on to them.

Never try drugs out of curiosity

Zhu Wen Xin was happy to learn about drugs at the anti-drug talk held at Melaka Jing-Si Hall. She said she will share the knowledge with her friends and will be very wary of strangers.

Xu Hui Shi from Yok Bin realized that drugs are very dangerous and that one should never even think of trying them out because they will be addicted.

Chairman of Yok Bin’s Anti-drug Association, Zheng Ling Feng went to all classes to invite fellow schoolmates to attend the talk which was held after school. Many stayed back for the talk and they were accompanied by Teachers Zheng Shu Qing and Lin Bi Zhu. Teacher Zheng found the movie inspiring and intends to show it to other students. Ling Feng will compile the information and pictures he gathered from TCU students and place them on the notice boards for all to read.

Teacher Lin Ming Hui from Klebang Besar Secondary School learnt about the anti-drug talk at Melaka Jing-Si Hall from the newspaper. She came with friends with the hope of learning how to resolve drug and cigarette-related problems in school. She said that the punishment meted out by the school authorities is not working and has instead made the students more rebellious. Like the character in “Disobedient Son”, everyone has a kind heart, but they make mistakes because of the influence from the bad company they keep. If family members and friends can give them a helping hand and pull them back on the right track, they will be good people again.

Teacher Wang Shun Yong from Cheng Chinese Primary School is of the opinion that it is important for children to have a hobby to occupy their free time. Parents should also pay attention to their children so that they do not have the chance to mix with bad company. Teacher Wang had gathered the training materials and will share them in his school with other teachers and students.

Be determine in saying “NO” to drugs

On July 8, 2013, the anti-drug promotional team went to Montfort Youth Training Centre in Melaka. The Centre takes in boys from poor families and/or single-parent children and orphans, and provides technical courses like motor mechanic and so on. After attending the session, Huang Han Qi said he will constantly remind himself not to touch drugs as the damage that drugs could do to the brain and overall health is just too scary.

Huang Ming Wang was impressed with the movie “Breaking the Waves”. He said he will not touch drugs because drugs could destroy families and it will be very hard to kick the habit unless you have good friends and family to help you. He will also warn his friends of the danger.

St. David’s student, Wang Zhong Wen, said he has learnt that drug abuse can destroy one’s life and many crimes are caused by it too.

Pay Fong’s student, Wen Kai Qing, shared that she learnt about the danger of drug abuse when she was 8 years old because a drug addict committed suicide at the playground she frequented, after having a heated quarrel with his wife. She said this incident is deeply imprinted in her mind and has taught her that once addicted to drugs, the addict and his/her family members will suffer the consequences.

 

Jian Li Ren briefed the 500-plus students of Kuen Cheng High School on their objective. 【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】 On the screen were pictures of a famous British singer before and after taking drugs for two years.【Photograph by Lee Ee Hing】

Jian Li Ren briefed the 500-plus students of Kuen Cheng High School on their objective. 【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】

On the screen were pictures of a famous British singer before and after taking drugs for two years.【Photograph by Lee Ee Hing】
Two TCU students played a sketch to demonstrate ways to refuse the offer of drugs from strangers.【Photograph by Lee Bee Kuan】 A quiz session was held to measure the students’ understanding on drugs. 【Photograph by Choo Kok Choi】

Two TCU students played a sketch to demonstrate ways to refuse the offer of drugs from strangers.【Photograph by Lee Bee Kuan】

A quiz session was held to measure the students’ understanding on drugs. 【Photograph by Choo Kok Choi】
Three students were invited on stage to play a game. They were asked to crush a piece of aluminum foil and try to straighten it to its original state.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】 Teacher Lin Ming Hui (1st left) from Klebang Besar Secondary School said that everyone has a kind heart, and if family members and friends can give the misled children a helping hand and pull them back on the right track, they will be good people again.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】

Three students were invited on stage to play a game. They were asked to crush a piece of aluminum foil and try to straighten it to its original state.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】

Teacher Lin Ming Hui (1st left) from Klebang Besar Secondary School said that everyone has a kind heart, and if family members and friends can give the misled children a helping hand and pull them back on the right track, they will be good people again.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】
Xu Hui Shi (left) and classmate Zhen Ci Xian (right) answering the quiz.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】 Huang Ming Wang said he will not touch drugs because drugs could destroy families and it will be very hard to kick the habit unless you have good friends and family to help you. He will also warn his friends of the danger.【Photograph by Brandon Lee Ling Shiao】

Xu Hui Shi (left) and classmate Zhen Ci Xian (right) answering the quiz.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】

Huang Ming Wang said he will not touch drugs because drugs could destroy families and it will be very hard to kick the habit unless you have good friends and family to help you. He will also warn his friends of the danger.【Photograph by Brandon Lee Ling Shiao】

 

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