PETALING JAYA - The Save Your Dara (virginity) campaign is getting nudges and winks, especially from the targeted teenage boys.
Some of them agree that there should be more talks on sex to enhance awareness.
"Many of us are in the dark about sex because it's such a taboo topic. By talking about it, things will be clearer," said college student Aaron Prasad, 19.
The campaign launched by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Karim last Saturday, is to curb premarital sex.
The belief was that such education should not just be directed at the girls who are often blamed for unwanted pregnancies.
Alycia Low, 16, said she agreed with such campaigns "because they help increase sexual awareness among youths. This will lead to lesser social ills like baby dumping".
Other teenagers felt that the campaign was exhorting more on abstinence instead of providing sex education.
"I think premarital sex is okay as long as we practise safe sex," said a 17-year-old student.
Another 18-year-old college student believed that safe sex was acceptable "especially if both sides are willing partners".
Nicole Wesley, 19, said the campaign would not work as pornography was easily accessible.
"Young people will naturally be curious and want to experience it for themselves."
Another teenager said asking couples in long-term relationships to abstain from sex these days was "unrealistic".
"If the two have the opportunity to find out if they're sexually compatible, you could avoid messy divorces or extramarital affairs," he said.
Other students held different views.
Sadhana Sriramulu, 18, said: "I think it's not right for young people to have premarital sex because relationships at that age could just be an infatuation. It's better for them to focus on their studies."
Nurfirzanah Ahmad Firdaus, 19, said youngsters didn't know enough about responsible sex, as they usually just see "the fun side" of it.
Carmen Ngooi, 17, added: "I believe that if you love your other half, you would wait till marriage because if you can't, wouldn't that mean your relationship is more lust than love?