Creating safety awareness among Unimas students
By Tan Tzyy Hong
KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Glow In the Dark Night Jog organised as part of University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)’s safety campaign saw 120 students taking part in the fun yet important event geared towards creating a safer campus for all.
The Glow in the Dark Night Jog on May 14 is part of the Safer Unimas campaign organised by the university’s third year students of Communication Studies Programme, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) organised to instil safety awareness among students.
Programme director Tan Mei Sann stated that this activity aimed to disseminate an important message to students to be alert and aware of their surroundings and mindful of their safety, not just as individuals but as a community.
This safety campaign themed ‘Consciously Aware, Safety Everywhere’ was not only confined to students living on-campus, but also directed towards students staying off-campus.
“This is indeed a great campaign as the theme of the night jog is one of its kind which allows students to have a great deal of fun and at the same time, the message emphasised by the organisers is strong and relevant especially to students yet to realise the risks and dangers they are exposed to when walking alone at night,” said student participant, Ng Yee Yong.
For Tan Mei Sann, another participant, the night jog allowed participants to have fun while also reminding them to always be watchful and alert as they make their way home, especially at night.
“Not only that, this campaign also seeks to encourage students to stay vigilant and be alert to noises while walking at night since vision is slightly impaired, especially in dark areas,” said Tan.
“This campaign is significant to young people today, especially students who are always focusing on their smartphones or listening to music on their I-Pods while walking,” said another participant, Chan Li Hua, who believes that this campaign provided just the right message to students to change their negligent behaviour and to be more vigilant about their surroundings.
Activities on that night ended with prize-giving ceremony to award winners their prizes which was presented by Khadijah Mohamad Tuah as a lecturer and advisor for the Safer Unimas Campaign.