Teenage Pregnancy

Topics: Secondary education, New Straits Times, Infant Pages: 7 (2226 words) Published: January 7, 2013
2012 International Conference on Economics Marketing and Management IPEDR Vol.28 (2012) © (2012) IACSIT Press, Singapore
Statistics from the Malaysia Welfare Department for this year, from January to April 2010, reported that 111 unmarried young girls were pregnant. The figure, however, is just the tip of the iceberg as many cases go unreported and pregnancies terminated. It also reported in New Straits Times on 23rd July 2010, the body of a baby girl found in a bag at a bus stop near the Sultan Ismail Hospital, Johor Bahru in the morning. Also there a baby found buried. New Straits Times on 18th July 2010, reported that a fetus was found buried by the roadside in Jalan 12, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor.

Baby dumping is not the solution to a life problem and it could be charged under Section 317 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of seven years or fine or both according to the Malaysian law. For the past few years there are many newborn babies have been found, dead or live in the most unlikely places like rubbish dump. For instance, The Malay Mail on 26 July 2011 [5] reported that a fetus with the umbilical cord intact was found in a garbage can at Pulau Mutiara wholesale market in Jalan Makloom, Penang. This shows clearly that “baby dumping” is really serious problem that currently happened in our society.

2. Problem Statement
Table 1.Statistic of baby dumping cases from the Headquarters of Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM): By - State from 2005 until 7 April 2010
Cases of Baby Dumping Reported in Each State from 2005 until 7th April 2010 States Number of cases
Selangor 105
Johor 83
Sabah 65
Sarawak 34
Negeri Sembilan 24
Pulau Pinang 22
Perak 19
Pahang 17
Kedah 17
Kelantan 10
Terengganu 5
Melaka 3
Kuala Lumpur 2
Perlis 1
Total 407
Based on Table 1, the statistic from the Headquarters of Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) [6] indicated that there were 407 cases of baby dumping, for the past five years starting from 2005 until 7th April 2010. On average, there are 68 cases every year and these cases keep increasing. While in Figure 1.2.1, it shows that, there are 472 babies found dumped nationwide since 2005 until 16th August 2010. In year 2010 alone, it already recorded 65 cases up to 16 August 2010. That is means average 8 cases per month solely in year 2010 and this figure is not included the cases that not reported. According to Federal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Director Commissioner Datuk Seri Bakri Zinin, this year alone (2010), as at 16 August 2010, 65 dumped babies had been. As compared to 42 cases during the same period last year (2009), there is an increase in these cases [7].

Recently, the Cabinet also informed that there were 21 recorded cases of students who got pregnant out of wedlock between 2006 and 2010. Then, what about the unreported and unrecorded cases? Public belief that the figure more than what we can imagine. After all the shocking incidents proven by the data produced by PDRM and Welfare Department, we found a strong base to do this study. 3. Methods & Material

A simple random sampling technique was conducted among 400 students (out of total 7535 students) from Form One until Form Six (Upper Six) in secondary schools at the area of Bakar Arang State Assembly under Sungai Petani Parliamentary, Kedah. The schools involved were Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan 138

Ibrahim, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sungai Pasir, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Khir Johari and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Sungai Petani in Sungai Petani, Kedah.The data was analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) in getting descriptive statistic and correlation. 4. Results & Discussion

4.1. Profile of Respondents
Out of 400 respondents, there were 183 (45.75%) male respondents and 217 (54.25%) female respondents. This finding showed the dominant of female respondents in this study. Regarding the age group, the respondents were in the age of 13 years old (18 students...

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[2] New Straits Times (2010), "Eight held over selling of babies" available at: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-
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[3] New Straits Times (2010), "Foetus found buried by roadside" available at:
http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/27jani/Article (accessed 26 November 2010)
[4] New Straits Times (2010), "Newborn found in plastic bag", available at:
http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/28sarr/Article/index_html (accessed 26 November 2010)
[5] The Malay Mail (2011), "Foetus of boy found in garbage can", available at:
http://www.mmail.com.my/content/45796-foetus-boy-found-garbage-can (accessed 26 July 2011)
[6] PDRM (2010) “Baby Dumping Statistic” available at: http://www.rmp.gov.my (accessed 26 November 2010)
[7] The Star (2010), “CID Chief: 472 babies found dumped since 2005”, available at:
http://thestarmobile.com/jsp/news/viewNews.jsp?newsID=151204&catID=19 (accessed 16 August 2010)
[8] Coleman, L.M
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