It will be called NUR (NationalUrgent Response) Alert. (Not NURIN Alert which is what it was originally called).
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein issued a joint statement on this today.
It said the initiative, to be chaired by the Royal Malaysia Police, would be implemented immediately, with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry acting as the deputy chair.
Information will be spread through posters, websites, text messages and electronic message boards and its implementation will involve strategic collaboration between the government, private sector and non-governmental organisations.
As you all know, NUR Alert is basically NURIN (Nationwide Urgent Response Information Network) Alert, an initiative pushed by several bloggers immediately after the body of missing 8 year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin was found in a sports/gym bag in PJS1, Petaling Jaya, on Sept 17 2007, nearly a month after she disappeared near her home in Section1, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur on Aug 20.
I and so many others were hoping that the Cabinet would say yes to the name NURIN Alert just as AMBER (America's Missing:Broadcast Emergency Response) was named after Amber Hagerman who was abducted and found dead in Arlington, Texas in 1996.
Both Nurin's and Amber's killers were never caught.So unbelievable that such a useful and proven system was not put into place much much earlier after it was proposed. Honestly, politics and politicians piss me off.
Nevertheless, I am very happy that the system is being put in place, to save our children.
After Nurin, there had been several cases of missing kids. Sharlinie or Nini, went missing at a playground near her home in Taman Medan, PJ, just months (Jan 9,2008) after Nurin's tragedy.
Elements of NURIN Alert were effected in Nini's case but only minimally. She was never found.
As for NUR Alert, it is to help in the search for kids below 12. There has been some disagreement over this with some groups saying that it should extended to those below 18 because statistics show that the majority of missing kids are those between ages 16 and 18.
In the US, the criteria used to activate AMBER Alert differ statewide. Here are the general requirement: 1. law enforcement must confirm that an abduction has taken place, 2. the child must be at risk of serious injury or death, 3. there must be sufficient descriptive information of child, captor or captor's vehicle and 4. the child must be 17 years or younger.
So let's hope it will not be another 3 years before we see this put into effect. Let's save the next child!