Growing up as a rebel teenager, Khai Aziz started to smoke and use drug at the age of 14. But he quits at the age of 21 when he saw the effects of drugs on his brother, leading to his family being torn apart and his mother facing negative judgement and pressured from people in the village they lived in, his mother also faced depression and had been traumatised for several years.
They decided to move to an isolated area to prevent his brother from relapsing again, protecting him from triggering by the pressure of his old friends, finally they managed to succeed after four years of rehabilitation and his brother got the strength back and started a new family. In addition to his experience with his family, many of his friends were drawn to drugs, some of them are in the rehab and some died.
But the turning point in his life is when he went to a fishing village to rescue a girl who will be sold by her own father for drug money. From that day, he started his war with DRUG!
With the current statistic by National Anti Drug Agency (AADK) showing that 23% of total drug user in 2017 are youth from 13-24 years old, it is time we revisit and reevaluate the strategy to implement awareness campaign among youth.
The old strategy of talk, seminar and awareness campaign doesn’t give enough impact to the youth. They need something more appealing to their liking such as music, art, theater and film. You can view the documentary about his support and passion in this cause here: https://www.scientology.tv/series/voices-for-humanity/clips/khai-aziz-trailer.html
And DYFA will innovate a new way to the boring drug campaign awareness in hopes to save more youth from trying and involve in drugs.
In Untoxicated Youth Tour, Drug Free Youth Association (DYFA) aim to make a tour around 10 Malaysian schools in hopes to reach out to students in the way that they EXPERT at!
Khai Aziz, known as Ein the Straight Edge scene is singer in a band called Second Combat. He is also the owner of United X Front Records and has dedicated his life to positive work with youth in Malaysia. He will show the kids that it is not necessary to involve drugs when doing music or having fun!
Some of his achievement are:
Drug Free World Champion (US) - 2018
Ikon Negara for Aktivis Bebas Dadah - 2017
Selangor Youth Icon for Music and Entertainment Award - 2017
Unsung Heroes Award - 2017
The Star, Our Golden Hearts Award - 2016
Signing up with a straight edge label ”Commitment Records” from Netherlands - 2006
Speaker at TED X Asia - 2014
Ambassador for a non-profit organisation in Australia called Untoxicated - 2013.
LIVING DRUG FREE LIFESTYLE VIA ART
The support and empowerment program will cater more towards younger generation's scene. Awareness program will be conducted via theater, music and film. The kids will be introduce to lifestyle where they can still having fun, doing what they like and passionate about while not involving drugs.
To maximise the impact of this tour, DYFA are crowdfunding to get:
Cost to tour 10 schools across Malaysia
Empowerment and support module
Straight Edge kit, with a CD and a book compiled from seminars,
“We believe in rebelling through better living. You can be a real punk without wasting your life.” - Khai
To instil a culture that refrains from using alcohol, tobacco and other recreational drugs. Khai and DYFA want to encourage people especially youth to enjoy punk and rock music without being under the influence of the vices most hardcore punk artists are associated with.
TAnd Khai Aziz has been featured by Scientology for his effort in fighting drug abused in Malaysia. Watch his world premier here https://www.scientology.tv/series/voices-for-humanity/khai-aziz.html.
DYFA wants to show that this is not a practice, it is something you live in. It is cool, and that is what gives it an ‘edge’ in the fight against drugs – kids connect and identify to the music, and they look up to the bands. They also believe in advocating abstain from drugs, alcohol, tobacco and promiscuous sex.
The students across Malaysia will be taught to:
- the danger of illegal drugs abuse
- how to make better judgement when drugs is involved
- to live a fun healthy and safe environment without drugs
And ULTIMATELY, to prevent them from taking drugs.
DFYA were founded in 1998 where a group of skateboarders first attempt to make a skate demo and music club.They wanted to run away from the drug scene which are at large in Klang Valley city. They were passionate about playing music and skateboard at the same time.
Few of them become Drug-Free and Straight Edge after listening to Minor Threat. Minor Threat is a band that promote a healthy lifestyle through music and playing skateboard. They don't smoke, drink and do drugs to have a good time.They drew an "X' in the back of their hands to show that they are committed.
The kids, they wanted to make a skate demo and gigs at their town eventually just do it without concern of the legalisation of the permit from the authority.They name their group United X Front.
In 2005, they register their group as a company after being raid in their event in 2004.They wanted to be a legal group without getting caught in organizing an event.
In 2010, they register as NGO as been advice by the government people. So far to date, they had been organizing more than 50 events and went to almost 250 schools in promoting the drug-free lifestyle and being known internationally for their effort. They had 250 register band members through the years and 10 of them are Straight Edge bands.
Nowadays they looking for more people to participate in their activities and become ambassadors in their area and scene like Post Rock, Hip-Hop, Grunge, Beatbox, Metalcore, Punk-Rock, Skate Punk, ska, Rap core and Hardcore.They knew through art, music and counter culture they could embrace teenagers in accepting the Straight Edge and Drug-Free culture.