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KOTA KINABALU: Parents should play an important role in shaping their children's personalities to avoid falling into unhealthy practices.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin said parents should be seen by children as individuals who could be trusted and could give opinions and advice, especially in helping them make wiser decisions.
"If parents fail to be a good role model, children will become confused and might make them more reliant on their peers or others which could expose them to negative elements," he said, when launching the 'Ilmu Maju Aktif Nekad' (IMAN) programme at SMK Putatan, near here today.
Yahya, who is also the state assemblyman for Petagas, said peer pressure was the main reason why the younger generation was drawn towards negative activities such as drug addiction.
The situation should be overcome to avoid having further negative implications which have been increasingly reported in the news such as students being victims of drug syndicates or issues involving injury to or even killing their parents. -- BERNAMA