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Amber encourages victims to tell all


PETALING JAYA: Before there was Amber Chia, Malaysian supermodel, there was Chia Lee Peng, an odd-looking girl who grew up being bullied in a village in Tawau, Sa­­bah.

She remembered the taunts and the cruel jokes hurled at her during her childhood as well as her early days as a model.

"When I first started going for casting calls, I would be laughed at for my bad make-up and the way I dressed.

People could tell that I was from the kampung," said Chia, who also recalled being frequently yelled at by people in the industry.

In recounting memories of being bullied, Chia has pledged her support to the recently-launched R.AGE Against Bullying campaign.

When she was seven, Chia was given away to foster parents as her birth parents could not afford to raise her, and she struggled to adapt to her new life.

"I missed my parents, and there was no one I could talk to. I would sit alone in school, and because I was the quiet kid, others started picking on me.

"They would tear up my books and draw on them, and because I was too afraid to point the bullies out, the teacher would end up punishing me for ruining my own books," she said.

It was only when she was 17 that Chia moved to Kuala Lumpur with just RM300 in her pocket to pursue a modelling career.

Her big break came in 2004 when she was selected as a finalist for an international model search for Guess Watches.

Even now, Chia said she still experienced bullying on social media, where students of her modelling academy were also frequently targeted.

"But sometimes we upload photos of our students on our Facebook page, and people would post comments like 'they are too ugly and fat to be models'. It really hurts them." Chia hopes the campaigns will help encourage victims of bullying to speak up.

It is important that people know staying silent is not a solution, and this campaign will help them speak up," she said.

For more information about the R.AGE Against Bullying campaign, go to RAGEAgainstBullying.com.

> To read the full interview on Amber Chia's experiences with bullying, check out next Tuesday's copy of R.AGE.

279 conferred bravery titles


KUALA LUMPUR: Federal crime prevention department director Datuk Ayub Yaakob was among 279 recipients of the police warrior and bravery awards bestowed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah presented the awards at the Balairung Seri throne room in Istana Negara at 9am yesterday.

Also present was the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah.

Ayub and three foreign police officers were conferred the Panglima Gagah Pasukan Polis (PGPP).

They were Indonesian police chief Gen Drs Timur Prodopo; Thailand's Commisioner of Provincial Police Region Nine Police Lieut-Gen Pisit Pisuthsak and former Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Datuk Paduka Hasrin Paduka Sabtu.

After Negaraku was played, the four recipients, decked in their respective police uniforms were bestowed the award comprising a sash, star, miniature star and service bar by the King.

Among the dignitaries present were Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin.

Among the police top brass present were Federal commercial CID director Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan; Federal narcotics CID director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim; Federal director of management Datuk Mortadza Nazarene; Federal CID director Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah and Federal deputy director of management (administration) Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab.

Thirty police officers received the Pingat Setia Pasukan Polis (PSPP), 52 officers received the Pingat Pasukan Polis; 13 the Pingat Kesatria Pasukan Polis (KPP); 174 the Pingat Bentara Pasukan Polis (BPP) and six the Pingat Keberanian Pasukan Polis (PKP). — Bernama

Science stream for successful PMR students


THE Education Ministry will automatically absorb 40% of students, who pass the PMR, into the science stream identified by the National Examination Board.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching said the process was adopted on the recommendations of a committee, which was established on Feb 9 last year, to identify ways to encourage more students to join the science field and to achieve the 60:40 ratio targeted in the technical science and art policy.

"The science and technology students will also be given priority to enter institutions of higher learning," she said in a reply to a supplementary question by Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid (BN-Kota Tinggi).

Noor Ehsanuddin had asked the ministry to state the steps taken to nurture more students for the science and technology stream and to develop the culture of design and innovation among students.

Mary cited the Tale Spin 2013 competition organised by The Star, Pizza Hut and The Star's Newspaper in Education (NiE) programme, where students demonstrated fluency in English through drama presentations.

"The claim that Malaysian students have a poor command of the language is untrue," she added.

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