While the police are hunting for Nurin Jazlin's murderer(s), we should be working on ways to save our children from sufferring the same fate as Nurin.
For as long as there are evil, sick and sadistic people in our midst, children are never ever safe from harm and brutality, and death.
What we can do is save them from harm and from possibly being killed, when they are abducted.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has vowed that a case such as Nurin's "won't happen again".
I'd like to know how she plans to prevent abducted children from being murdered.
The Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan has given us an indication of how those in power/authority prefer to deal with the situation.
Well, I am appalled. Haven't Nurin's parents paid the ultimate price (to quote Rocky's Bru) for their negligence? Haven't they been punished enough?
Blame the parents, by all means. But attempting to jail them under the Child Protection Act is going overboard.
Like a commentor (in my previous posting) said -- the charge won't stick, so why waste anyone's time.
Jazimin Abdul Jalil and Norazian Bistaman are not bad or abusive parents who had deliberately subjected Nurin to abuse, torture and subsequent death.
They did not leave her at home alone while they went away on holiday.
I remember such a case in the US in which a woman left her kids alone at home while she had a great holiday with her boyfriend in Hawaii. Her kids were starving. Luckily their grandma came a-visiting, saving them from further wasting away.
There are better and more effective ways to prevent another tragic case but you need to work a little harder and give more dedication and commitment to make it work.
Perhaps, Shahrizat's ministry could begin educating parents about the danger of allowing children to wander around in pasar malam, shopping complexes and other public places without adult company/supervision. That's a start if no such awareness campaign has been introduced.
But, here's a suggestion for a long-term measure that has proved successful in the US -- the AMBER Alert system.
This has been in place in that country since 1996 after nine year-old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas. She was later found brutally murdered.
AMBER also stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.
This suggestion came in my earlier posting by a commentor who is now residing in California. She goes by the name Princessjournals. She appealed to the relevant authorities here, including the police, to adopt the system.
When she mentioned AMBER Alert, it rang a bell, as I have read something about it years ago.
So I googled it.
AMBER Alert is an early warning system to help find abducted children in which broadcasters team with the local police.
Read it here for a better understanding.
But here's a bit on it:
Once law enforcement has determined that a child has been abducted and the abduction meets AMBER Alert criteria, law enforcement notifies broadcasters and state transportation officials. AMBER Alerts interrupt regular programming and are broadcast on radio and television and on highway signs. AMBER Alerts can also be issued on lottery tickets, to wireless devices such as mobile phones, and over the Internet. Through the coordination of local, state and regional plans, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is working towards the creation of a seamless national network.
I don't know of any similar system in place in Malaysia. Obviously nothing remotely close to AMBER Alert was taking place throughout the 30 days Nurin went missing. I do remember radio dee jays and announcers informing and updating listeners on Nurin. But that was about all there was.
So, how about working on something like AMBER Alert, adapting it to Malaysia.
I know one thing - Nurin's senseless murder was not the first in Malaysia. We should (try our best to) make it the last.