Pupils' sex life survey gets mixed response from netizens

PETALING JAYA - While most netizens expressed outrage over the sex life survey posed to primary schoolchildren in Nilai, some have come out in defence of it.

Urging commenters to think positive, Paulina Henry PH agreed that the five-page questionnaire - which, among others, asked pupils if they had homosexual tendencies, multiple partners or engaged in sexual activities and unnatural sex - was "ineffective and unsuitable" for young children.

"It might look indecent to our culture, but have we ever thought of the findings of this survey?

"You might be shocked knowing some things not being shared by our teenagers," Paulina said on Facebook.

As a teacher, she said she had encountered a 15-year-old student who had had three abortions.

Other netizens, such as Kelvin Wong Jing Zhi, cited cases of rape by minors to illustrate the need for sex education in schools.

Haryati Mohamad said the survey was uncalled for, adding that the pupils involved were too young.

Pat Lim-Chor questioned if the school's principal and teachers were aware of the offensive nature of the survey.

"Who vetted the questionnaire before they got distributed to the students?

"Ridiculous that it even got the go-ahead."

In Seremban, state health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan said the questionnaire was part of a survey that had been ongoing for close to three years.

She said the survey, which also asked pupils about their medical history, experience with depression, allergies, dietary habits and behaviour, was actually an early intervention programme.

"It is practically a screening process for adolescent health," she added.

"We have actually obtained valuable feedback from the young on several health-related issues," she said, adding that the questions, formulated by a team of experts, were coordinated by the Family Health Development Division under the Health Ministry.

"However, the pupils are supposed to be gathered in a class and then given the questions.

"The officer is supposed to be present to assist any pupil who has queries," she said, adding that "parents would be surprised by some of the findings".