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Theme : Social Issue

1. How to reduce and prevent Baby Dumping.


a.) Introduction:
CHILD is a priceless gift from Allah SWT. However, baby dumping is a social
crisis and has a chronic increase as many cases are occurring in Malaysian society.
The baby dumping refers to discarding or leaving alone, for an extended period of
time, a child younger than 12 months of age in a public or private setting with the
intent to dispose of the child. You read it on the front page of the newspaper or see
it on the nightly news. A newborn baby found in a back alley. This scenario had
been more serious from day to day although there are a lot about this in the mass
media.
-Statistic :
According to official statistics, a total of 472 cases of abandoned babies
reported since 2005 until August 2010. Of this amount, the Director of the Criminal
Investigation Department in Bukit Aman, Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said
that 214 babies found alive while 258 more have died. Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Datuk Seri Najib Razak in reaction to the increasingly serious issue is pointed out
that the government decided to impose the death penalty on those who were
involved in this heinous case. He also said that the real cause of the problem is
education. And solutions also involve the sector. However, he handed the matter to
the police and the Attorney General to address penalties for perpetrators involved
under Section 302 of the Penal Code, if convicted could face the death penalty
mandatory. From ministers through to school students, many who responded to this
issue with various forms of recommendations and solutions according to their
intellect. But as usual, provided the proposal is to form 'treat' than 'prevent'. If
there are any proposals to prevent, then the bad suggestions doth oft repeated
proven never solve the problem.
-Point :
To prevent and avoid the problem of Baby Dumping, parents play a very
important role. As such, it is imperative that we must undertake whatever means
at our disposal to build a better world for our children. To achieve this, it has to
begin from the home. Children are too young to protect themselves and they have
to look up to their elders to take care of them. Here lies the vital role of the
parents. Besides fending for their children in terms of ensuring they are
appropriately brought up, parents must instil positive values in their children from
young to ensure they become responsible citizens. Parents should acquire
parenting skills to better equip themselves to bring up their children. They should
make every possible effort to spend quality time with their children. Instead of
abusing their children, the parents should show love and care for their offspring.
Mass media also one of the ways to prevent baby from being abandoned.
It is the nearest medium and the best way to communicate and educate
teenegers. It all about how to protect themselves and give useful knowledge to
avoid from involve in anything that can take them to this problem. Besides that,
the suitable sex therepists or psychologist could be presenters of a special

programme on sex education and set the stage for more personal discussions in
homes and schools. The media also should restrict entertainment programs that
can corrupt the morals of youth as films containing pornographic scenes that can
cause social problems are increasing rates thus increasing the rate of baby
dumping.
In addition, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community
also play a role in helping the authorities to deal with the symptoms throw the
baby growing concern lately. NGOs can be used as a reference point for those who
are pregnant out of wedlock children as well as for guidance and protection, such
as Princess KEWAJA hostel. This is because they still need to be defended and give
them a chance to survive. NGOs must also provide and set up creches for their
plight of the innocent, such as PERNIM Protection Center. It gives parents a chance
to take back their right and responsibility for them.
All parties involved as parents, the media, NGOs and the community will
play a role in influencing children and adolescents. This is because teenagers have
a sense of want to try something new, by the responsibilities of parents, NGOs and
civil society must together provide a good role. Meanwhile, the mass media must
be of a good channel plan and does not cause adverse effects, especially in teleshaped channel action plan.
In conclusion, all parties should cooperate in addressing the problem of
abandoned babies and look rationally baby dumping and should not look down on
this problem. Thus, together, let us work together, to work together to overcome
the symptoms Baby Dumping before it becomes more serious.