It has been a while since I last wrote or posted an original posting in this blog. Thanks to the news media, there have been stories after stories that I can always cut and paste as entries to the blog almost on a daily basis (except today of course!).
By having those articles pasted over, it has allowed fellow bloggers to give their piece of mind as well as their respective insights on the posted articles. Through the comments posted, we can see that the Nurin tragedy had not only affected the grieving family but everyone else as well and now everyone are determined to ensure and pursue for a safer environment, not only for the kids but for adults alike. Events after events, perhaps it would more politically correct to say, tragedies after tragedies, have proven that our surrounding has changed from what we used to have - safe and predictable, easy going surrounding to a surrounding that is extremely dangerous with monsters roaming and lurking everywhere and all over - waiting for opportunities to strike!
It was for this reason, I got attracted to go along with fellow bloggers to initiate the floating of the Nurin Alert idea - to create a safer environment via an effective search & rescue mechanism that acts as a deterrent to any eventualities of the like.
The Nurin Alert initiative went of with a bang. With a handful of novices (at least me), we met and agreed to work on this idea and have since then secured quite a number of mini achivements.
We invited bloggers to join in our Nurin Alert community, more than a hundred signed up. We prepared and submitted a draft concept paper on Nurin Alert to Shahrizat's Ministry, we were given assurance that the scheme would be incorporated into the proposed the Child Protection Plan. We appeared on a live TV show, with a few more air time in the pipeline. We got coverage in the local dailies, though not as much as we hoped for. We got invited to talk about Nurin Alert at talks, happening and starting next week, insyaAllah. We would be featured in a magazine, coming out very soon I was told. We got calls from various parties who wanted to help, from helping on creating contents for Nurin Alert's website, to information on how to incorporate telco facilities with Nurin Alert, and just recently to help in the formation of a Nurin Alert Centre.
Yes, all these developments are indeed overwhelming, and we are indeed very grateful and indebted.
The Committee for Nurin Alert, consisting of novices and part-timers, has to take things step by step. We need to have a very clear agenda and a path-line on where we are heading. Are we just to prepare a paper and wait for the authorities to execute it, or are we going to act as the pressure group to ensure the authorities execute the plan, or are we going to actually implement Nurin Alert on our own? And all these need proper planning and determination - and this is what we are doing. So eventhough Nurin Alert is still yet to be born, the Committee is very much alive, actively so.
There have been various public perceptions on the initiative. Some thought that Nurin Alert is already alive and kicking. Some thought we have already "cool down" (or "sejuk atas kertas"). Some thought we are too very slow. And of course, there are some who thought that we are doing a marvelous job.
Especially for all those who have signed up to be part of Citizen for Nurin Alert, please have a little bit of patience, we will indeed be furnishing you with the plan to move forward very soon now (I hope!).
With that note, I bid good night! See you tomorrow.