It's been more than two weeks that 5 year-old Sharlinie Mohd Nashar has been missing.
Much has been done in efforts to find her. Still, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
But let's not lose hope. I know we're still holding on...
I hope too that the police will not give up.
I'd like to suggest - as is being done under AMBER Alert and the proposed NURIN Alert -- that the police (IGP, OCPD or some high-ranking officer) get some air-time and "engage" Nini's abductors.
Not, ad-hoc responses to the Press. But, arrange for a programme to really "talk" to the abductors, tell them to not harm Nini and to let her go because the whole country is on the look-out for Nini and them.
In other words, issue them a warning.
Put the fear of (not just the police) but the people in them!
This tactic seems to have been effective in the United States when AMBER Alert is activated in the event that a child goes missing.
The community can do its part every effectively by knowing their own neighbourhood and neighbours. In some instances - though this is not the done thing here -- residents help in the search for a missing child by going door-to-door.
Most often, residents willingly open their doors.
This could be unlawful but for the sake of a missing child, most people cooperate with their residents' associations.
I think if every neighbourhood's Rukun Tetangga or residents' association initiate this -- check every house including vacant houses --we'll get somewhere.
If no one is home, leave a note to the absent occupant, or return to that house to make a check.
I'm sure there's a way of going around this.
And this is not a lot to ask from the community, let me assure you.
We have to help find Nini before it is too late!