YouTube star Jin Lim, better known as Jinnyboy, was a bully victim during his secondary school days.
Yesterday, he returned to SM Stella Maris, Pudu, 16 years after his graduation to promote the #StandTogether campaign and its message of kindness.
An emotional Lim shared during the assembly how he was bullied by fellow students, and how the school’s culture of love and kindness helped him through.
He paid tribute to several teachers, some of whom are still with the school.
“Most of the time, bullies are people who are putting up a front. These people sometimes need to be shown a little bit of compassion or kindness,” he said.
Lim is one of many personalities who are lending their support to #StandTogether, a joint-initiative by R.AGE and SP Setia to end bullying in schools by creating a National Kindness Week.
Over the next few weeks, celebrities including Arwind Kumar, Jenn Chia and Lisa Surihani, will be visiting schools to speak about the campaign.
Lim said the campaign, which includes daily activities and resources available online, could help students facing emotional and cyber bullying.
“The campaign is going to help students to be a lot more ‘real’, instead of just seeking validation on social media,” he said.
After the assembly, Lim took the opportunity to tour his school and stopped at several classes to interact with the students.
While having breakfast at the canteen, he was mobbed for autographs.
“Sometimes it takes someone famous to instil confidence in someone who needs it,” said student Sarah Nordiana Sulaiman, 17, when met yesterday.
She added that she knew about the #StandTogether campaign and was moved by the videos she saw on the campaign’s Facebook page.
“It touched me a lot when Jin said we shouldn’t just be quiet, because I was once a bully victim myself,” said Sarah.
“When someone is in trouble, we should stand up for that person, and I’m proud to say that I’ve done it before.
“I’ll continue doing it,” Sarah Nordiana said.
Lim left the students with a message: “Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts with others and to take advantage of the platforms you have to make this world a kinder and more open place for students.”
He encouraged the students to grab any chance to make a positive impact in this world.
“As an adult, I can tell you that you don’t want to look back after you leave school and ask yourself why didn’t you do something to help,” he said.
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