KUALA LUMPUR - More babies were dumped in the past few days despite the government announcement to take drastic measures to punish baby-dumping offenders.
The most recent cases reported on Tuesday include unwanted babies found outside the houses of a policeman in Terengganu and a childless couple in Penang.
Policeman Marzuku Hameed, 44, and daughter, Nur Hafianna Marzuki, 19, were shocked to find a baby boy left outside the gate of their home in Seberang Takir at 10.30pm.
The newborn child was rushed to Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital while police hunt for the boy's biological parents.
The Penang childless couple surrendered the baby girl they found outside their home in Bukit Mertajam to the authorities after keeping the child for 36 hours.
The couple who has been childless for ten years planned to adopt the child but received advice from neighbours that it is an offence to keep the abandoned baby.
Also on Tuesday, a 20-something woman dumped her foetus in a dustbin outside the emergency ward of Malacca Hospital.
The tertiary student who was supposed to receive stomach cramps treatment had a miscarriage in the hospital toilet and confessed to the act when questioned by doctors during examination.
According to The Star, the police forensic team has found the dumped foetus in the hospital's main dumpsite after an overnight search on Wednesday.
According to the latest data, 472 babies were abandoned within the last four years in which more than half (258) were found dead.
Police have also confirmed that 65 babies were found in the past eight months (26 boys, 25 girls and 14 foetus), and if compared with last year figure (79 cases) it is evident that the worrisome trend is increasing.
The extensive coverage of baby-dumping cases recently by the media was followed by Minister for Women, Family and Community Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil's proposal last Wednesday to charge irresponsible parents who abandoned and cause the death of the child under Section 302 of the Penal Code with murder.
The Cabinet's decision to accept the proposal triggered mix reactions from various ministers, representational bodies and individuals as to whether the death penalty was too heavy to tackle this social issue.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has responded that the Cabinet's decision to accept the Minister's proposal does not mean every case will be classified as a murder case but will be decided by the Attorney-General to take actions deem fit.
The latest comment came Wednesday from PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan who blamed celebrations such as Valentine's Day and New Year gaiety which "originated from the West" as one of the causes behind baby-dumping acts, The Star reported.
Federal CID director Comm Bakri Zinin has pointed at the easy accessibility of pornography on the Internet and weakening family ties as causal factors to baby-dumping cases.
For example, it was reported last month that teenagers have confessed to sex addictions due to exposure to pornographic material downloadable from the Net.
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Among those who disagreed and were doubtful with the harsh move were MCA president Chua Soi Lek and vice-president Ng Yen Yen who maintained that education is the key solution.
DAP national chairman Karpal Singh proposed for a Royal Commision of Inquiry in which he said the core reason behind the baby dumping act must be thoroughly studied in order to solve the problem.
Source: Malaysian Mirror
* In my opinion, we should go back to the teaching of our religion. If someone have a strong faith to Allah, she/he would not do the forbidden things. So, parents should play an important role to educate their children at the early age with Islamic teachings.