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Wasn’t the JKM on 24 hour standy for any eventualities prior to this?

February 15, 2010

JKM: Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (The Welfare Department).

The machinery of the Umno-BN government cannot carry the Agenda of all the beautiful policies of the Women Ministry – the latest is going to be the National Family Policy.

It is evidenced in the all unresolved cases of child abused, sexually abused cases,   the cases of Penan women and girls raped, human trafficking, discrimination and violence of women in other sectors within the system.

Women don’t feel safe living in Malaysia – Shahrizat needs to correct that with a lot substantive concrete actions and  less talk.




Bernama – Monday, February

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 (Bernama) — Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil wants welfare department officers to be on standby round-the-clock in view of the rampant cases of abandoned babies lately.

She said they should also take the initiatives to identify cases of unwanted pregnancies in their respective areas and provide assistance to the latter to prevent them from abandoning their babies.

“I have asked the welfare officers to be on a 24-hour standby to help those having such problems and since those in need (of help) don’t come to us, the welfare officers will have to look for them,” she told reporters at a Chinese New Year open house at Wisma MCA here today. Shahrizat was asked to comment on cases of abandoned babies, the latest, of a newborn boy whose charred body was found in a dustbin in Kuala Krai, Kelantan, yesterday.

Prior to that, a body of a newborn baby girl was found at the gate of a mosque in Permatang Duyong, Melaka, on Wednesday, and a day earlier, in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.



Shahrizat said the ministry regarded the cases of abandoned babies as a symptom of a bigger social problem, if not addressed effectively.

Asked whether there was a need to provide a special home for unwedded mothers, she said having such a home might give a wrong impression to the society, but for the sake of the innocent babies, the ministry would extend the necessary assistance.

She also said that in cases of abandoned babies, the public should not point their fingers only at the women.

“Both the mother and father of the baby should solve the problem together,” she added.


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