This is about Sufiah Yusof, Malaysia's child prodigy in the UK, the girl who gained entry into Oxford at the age of 12. Here.
After Malaysian authorities got wind of her "predicament" either from Rocky's Bru, Utusan Malaysia or directly from the News of the World, here's the plan for her, according to Bernama (quoting Minister in the PM's Department Zahid Hamidi).
The Prime Minister's Department and the Malaysian Missionary Foundation (Yadim) will try to assist former child maths genius Sufiah Yusof, now aged 23 and fending for herself as a prostitute in Salford, Manchester.
Zahid said they would help the gifted girl to return to the right path through the "Save Sufiah Programme".
"The first thing we should try to do is to contact her mother or arrange a meeting with Sufiah to find out the real reasons for her to turn to prostitution, offering her services through the Internet and using the name Shilpa Lee," he told reporters after attending a biefing by Yadim here Tuesday.
It has been reported in the "News of the World" that Sufiah is now a 130- pound an-hour hooker operating from her dingy back street flat.
The "Save Sufiah Programme" is headed by Deputy Minister in the PM's Department Mashitah Ibrahim (she of a certain fatwa) who will come up with strategies to assist Sufiah as soon as possible.
Sufiah created news when she was accepted into Oxford University at age just 13. Her mother, Malaysian-born Halimaton Yusof from Muar, Johor, and her father, Farooq Yusof from Pakistan both tutored her and her siblings at home.
However, Farooq is now in jail after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls whom he home tutored in maths.
I know you guys mean well but....
I'm not a psychology expert but it doesn't take one to know and understand why she's become what she is. It's meting out treatment for her that needs skill and expertise.
And you think she needs "treatment"?
She may need advice on "living dangerously", though.
If you guys are so intent on "saving" Sufiah, go ahead. I hope Mashitah does it right.
Er.....are you all going to the UK to do all this? How many times? And for how long each time?
Your first Cabinet project, huh?
And...just don't use Sufiah to score points.
It's good that you all want to help. Sufiah may choose to refuse your help. She is over 21. And she is, after all, not Malaysian.
So, do exercise care and caution...
You know how good we are at screwing things up...even with the best of intentions!
By the way, read what her former husband had to say. Here.