Table of Contents
Introduction to Malaysia2
Factors affecting baby dumping3
Cases of baby dumping in Malaysia4
Introduction to Malaysia
Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious country, with Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnic groups. In religious terms it is predominantly Islamic, but with strong Christian, Buddhist and Hindu communities. The Malaysian constitution provides for a system of privileges favouring the Bumiputra (Malays and aborigines) which is reflected in the country’s national development plans. According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, Malaysia's population was 28.25 million as of July 2010. The country's ethnic groups include Malay (55 per cent), indigenous (11.9 per cent), ethnic Chinese (24.4 per cent), ethnic Indians (7.4 per cent) and others (1.3 per cent). Sunni Islam is the predominant religion but a range of religions are represented, including Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. The official language is Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) but English is widely used, as are Chinese and Tamil dialects within those communities. (Malaysia country brief 2012) Issue
Baby dumping issues in Malaysia has been a social issue in Malaysia. And the number of this immorale issue is rising tremendously. “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. Based on Bukit Aman Police Headquarters statistics found a total of 580 babies were found dumped between year 2000 to 2006. This number of cases increase every year where as much as 65 baby dumping cases has increased to 83 cases in the year 2006.” (Sosial 2011) In the first 5 months, almost everyday there are reports on dumped baby cases. You can always read it on a front page of a newspaper headline “A newborn baby found in a back alley” and so much more. This scenario has been more serious from day to day although there are a lot reports about this in the media.
Source: The Malaysian Outsider
Factors affecting baby dumping
One factor that causes baby dumping is teenage pregnancy. Teenagers who just reach puberty are often curious due to the lack of sexual education in Malaysia. Parents find it shy and awkward to talk to their kids about sexual education. They often think that their kids are still too young to know about sex but in actual fact, parents should educate their kids since young. Teenage pregnancy will also not happen if studies are prioritised rather than having a relationship with the opposite sex. (Jia Ning Tan 2010) Poverty is also another factor that contributes to baby dumping. Teenagers usually are not financially capable to raise a baby when they’re still studying. Some might be afraid that they can’t handle the peer pressure from the society and lose sense of consideration which leads to dumping their newborn baby as a solution. Besides, most teenagers will not be able to raise the baby after delivery in terms of financial, time, and maturity. Furthermore, in fear of society or family rejection, parents who could not accept the fact that their daughter’s are pregnant usually contributes to these issue too. They could not accept if their daughter is pregnant because of wider culture of shame. Strict legislation regarding abortion in certain country also left parents and daughters with no choice but to just dump the pitiful newborn baby. (Beforeitstoolate 2011)
The image of a pregnant teen. (google.com.au 2012) Cases of baby dumping in Malaysia
“KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 – From 2005 to January this year, a total of 517 baby dumping cases were registered in the country, said Federal CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin. He said 203 of the cases involved boys, 164 girls while the...