Taking a cue from the various great comments and suggestions from the visitors of the blog, I find the following letter by a Concerned Parent published in Star Online today worth highlighting.
Indeed the observation of the Concerned Parent is real, there seem to be this attitude among some parents that whatever happened to Nurin would not and never happen to their child. How wrong can they be? Some lesson must and should be learnt to avoid the repetition of the tragedy.
While we work on a suitable Alert mechanism, attitude must change as well. I guess this has to be tackled via education both to the children as well as to the parents.
Well readers, read on and let us have your say :-
Monday October 22, 2007
WITH the recent tragic deaths of young innocent lives, it is enlightening and a relief to know that we are taking positive steps to ensure that our world is a safer place for our children.
The blogs, the surveillance teams set up for the Nurin case and alike provide adequate evidence that Malaysians are indeed a caring society. Yes we do show care when tragic befalls our neighbour’s children.
But what about caring for our children? Many a time I find children roaming on the streets by themselves. During the Raya break, I decided to take my son for a car ride.
I spotted a group of boys between the ages of eight to 10 loitering in some housing estate. I wondered what their parents were doing.
On our way back home, I saw a girl of about six years walking all alone on the busy street. I again wondered whether her parents had read enough about what happens to young girls if they are left unsupervised in this big bad world.
As much as the Government is trying its best to nail down child predators, parents should be accountable for children. This lack of attention from parents is indeed an issue to be reckoned with.
The parents of these children should be questioned and if need be investigated by welfare officers.
- Star Online
p.s. Thank you for the continuous support and encouragement. We shall continue to talk and shall also walk the talk. By the way, something great (for Nurin Alert) might take place tomorrow. Just to be on the safer side, I shall only blog about it once it happens.