Michelle Yeoh lends credence to campaign at Malaysian LRT stations

KUALA LUMPUR: Bond girl Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh is on another mission.

She has lent her strength to a special campaign that aims to create a safe and women-friendly public transport system.

"My one message for women, and I think it is also a general rule that applies to all - when we are at a car park or when taking public transport late at night, don't be alone.

"If you cannot bring along a companion, alert someone, whether it is the station manager or the police, to make sure that you are safe," she said at the launch of the Street Watch Campaign! at the Gombak LRT station here yesterday.

Under the 1Malaysia For Youth (1M4U) campaign, which is in collaboration with RapidKL, the campaign aims to raise safety awareness among Malaysians, especially women, while taking public transport.

Yeoh, who is also the mentor for the 1Malaysia For Youth (1M4U) programme, advised: "Do not text, listen to music or zone out. If you are subjected to any form of harassment, please draw attention to the authorities so that they can nab the culprit."

1M4U events and outdoor activation director M. Murali said volunteers would be at the LRT station for a month to "assist people, especially single women, who go home late at night and walk them to where their cars are parked".

We will be moving to other stations after this," he said, adding that they currently have about 120,000 volunteers on Facebook who were interested in joining the initiative.

At yesterday's event, the international actress joined several volunteers at the LRT Kelana Jaya Line to help distribute safety packs, which included a whistle and cards with safety tips to women passengers.

Earlier, she helped draw the attention to several safety facilities available to women provided by RapidKL - including the "female only" parking bays, CCTV cameras and panic buttons.

RapidKL Kelana Jaya Line chief operating officer Ahmad Nizam Mohamed Amin said the company was expected to open more "female only" parking bays at the Ampang LRT station.

It is expected to open by early next year. "We will allocate about 24 bays for women," he said.