Friday, January 11, 2008

Save the children





ANOTHER child has gone missing, the second child to disappear in the same neighbourhood in Petaling Jaya in under a week. Coming three months after the brutal murder of little Nurin Jazlin, 5-year-old Sharlinie Mohd Nasyar's absence since Wednesday morning is an urgent reminder that more has to be done to ensure children are safe.

The proposed Nurin Alert system would help immensely. Modelled on the successful Amber Alert programme in the United States, public notifications are made through media outlets, helping in cases when police need to disseminate information quickly and widely, to find an abducted child.

But preventing abductions is always going to be better than even the best system for recovering a taken child. A slew of measures has just been announced to fight rising crime, but prevention is something that Malaysians will have to take responsibility for.

Studies in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada have shown that abductions by strangers are rare. The majority of missing children were taken by one of their own parents, usually divorced and denied custody or visiting rights. Abduction by relatives and known people is also common.

In Malaysia, there is much less data available but it seems safe to say stranger-abductions are crimes of opportunity. If opportunities abound, even the best-manned police force will struggle to keep up.

As in other countries, the pattern of rapid industrialisation and economic growth here has been followed by widespread urbanisation and fast-paced change.

This has created environments where communities are more fragmented and less social, where apathy and inattention give predators the chance they need to take a child from a playground, a street, a school compound. Even ever-vigilant parents need to teach their children, young ones included, the skills they need to survive.

They should be taught how to avoid abduction like they should be taught how to avoid getting hit by cars when crossing the road. Adults often assume children possess skills they may not have, so it will take more than just saying "bad men will kidnap you and make you beg on the streets".

Children are taught to respect and trust adults, so they need to learn how to sense danger. They should be told to kick and scream if someone forces them into a car. In this, at least, the government and the police can take a lead, funding awareness programmes, distributing booklets and offering training.

A sound programme is sorely needed if this year is not to be another year scarred by news of missing children.

- New Straits Times

7 comments:

Nor Hayati Ariffin said...

En Jasni,
At this critical time,the help from the silat master and Dr Sazali are very much needed.Hope you can suggest to Nini's parents to try this two methods. Hopefully it's not too late to save this poor little girl.

mrasd said...

Buat maklumat semua, esok hari sabtu 12hb Jan... saya akan ke kg medan, PJ. Tak tau lagi apa nak buat tapi tengokla nanti kat sana.. Harap ramai orang datang... Tempat tumpuan utama mungkin playground tu.. Kalau takpun saya nak ke masjid berhampiran... Nak cuba tolong mana yg boleh.. sambil bagi cadangan

observer said...

Setiap saat yang berlalu adalah suatu jangka masa yang kritikal bagi keluarga Sharlinie dan juga masyarakat yang prihatin.Segala bentuk bantuan amat diperlukan.Dr.sazali adalah seorang yang mempunyai kepakaran dalam bidang hipnosis.Pihak berkuasa diminta segera mendapatkan khidmatnya.Kita semua sebagai masyarakat prihatin boleh membantu dengan upaya dan kepakaran yang kita ada.Mengedarkan risalah Sharlinie juga adalah satu usaha murni.Setiap saat sangat penting.

unicorn said...

Apa yang lebih risaukan ialah Linie anak yang asthmatic...!

sekarang dah masuk hari ke4,Hnaya dengan kuasa Allah sajalah Linie akan selamat dan ikhtiar dari Hamba2 Nya yang prihatin.

suami saya juga ada asma,menitis airmata tgk dia diserang asma...bibir biru dan kaki kejang2. Ya Allah,dari manakah datang penjenayah2 fidofail ini?

mrasd,apapun cara anda ingin menolong,saya sokong 200%!

ingat satu perkara saja,pertolongan yang diberikan bukan perkara sia-sia. Wajib sesama manusia yang mampu dan satu tanggungjawab sosial yg amat mulia.

JAJ, ttg Dr sazali tu mmg sblm ini telah saya sarankan dlm posting awal. Inilah masanya sementara masih 'fresh'. Saya baca utusan tadi, ada saksi2 kuat selain dr kakak mangsa sendiri.

Perlu bertindak demi anak kecil ini dan semuga Allah swt melindungi kita semua dr musibah besar ini.Rasanya tidak ada yang lebih perit selain dr kehilangan anak.

Jasni AJ said...

Nor Hayati dan rakan-rakan lain sekelian,

InsyaAllah saya akan mengunjungi ayah Sharlinie petang ini bersama-sama dengan "Silat Master" untuk membantu mencari petunjuk dalam usaha pencarian Sharlinie.

Terima kasih atas keprihatinan yang ditunjukkan semua.

Jasni AJ

Nor Hayati Ariffin said...

Thanks Jasni,
Harap-harap kali ini akan berjaya.

Lynn said...

Assalamualikum
Sedih dan sayu rasanya bila membaca dan mendengar tentang seorang lagi nasib kanak2 yang tidak berdosa menjadi mangsa penculikan manusia yang berhati binatang.
Kepada ibu bapa adik sharline doa lynn semoga ditemukan kembali anak tersayang dan diharap banyakkan bersabar dalam menghadapi ujian dari tuhan...
Percayalah seluruh rakyat malaysia kini sedang mendoakan keselamatan dan kesejahteraan adik sharline dan turut mendoakan agar manusia yang jahanam yang tergamak menculik adk Sharline akan menerima pembalasan dari tuhan secepat mungkin...Amin