Saturday, January 12, 2008

Activating (NURIN) Alert for Nini

NURIN Alert - a group of concerned citizens advocating an alert system in finding, locating and saving missing children -- is pleased that Celcom, LiteFM (and its sister stations), television stations and the print media have taken prompt pro-active measures in complementing police efforts to find 5 year-old Nini (Sharlinie Mohd Nashar) who has been missing since she was abducted at a playground in Taman Dato Harun (PJS) on Wednesday (Jan 9).

NURIN Alert pro-tem deputy chairman Jasni Abdul Jalil said in advocating the introduction and implementation of NURIN Alert (modelled on AMBER Alert, the original US mechanism), it is hoped that these bodies continue unabated in volunteering to fortify efforts to save Nini in the shortest possible time.

(AMBER also stands for American Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response while NURIN stands for Nationwide Urgent Response Information Network.)

The action by Celcom and the broadcasting and print media is key in activating a system like AMBER alert on which the proposed NURIN Alert is based.

This will go far in the search and rescue for Nini.

NURIN Alert is pleased with the swift and serious action by Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in appealing to TV stations to flash Nini's picture as often as possible and in warning her abductors not to harm her.

NURIN Alert believes that time is key in the seach for Nini.

All that had taken place since Nini was reported missing on Wednesday has demonstrated the mechanism by which the proposed NURIN Alert works.

With new cases of missing children, NURIN Alert feels that it is all the more compelling that an alert system such as the proposed mechanism be swiftly put in place.

At this stage NURIN Alert is working closely with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, a corporation and a unit of the Royal Malaysian Police as well as a group of professionals to make NURIN Alert a reality.

NURIN Alert (formerly called Citizens For NURIN Alert) was formed following the death of 8 year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin in September last year.

Nurin was abducted on Aug 20 near her home in Wangsa Maju. Her brutalized body was found stuffed in a sports bag at a shoplot in PJ on September 17.

It was felt that not enough had been done to search for her and to save her in the 28 days that she went missing.

A mechanism based on AMBER Alert should be in place "to save the next child" as AMBER Alert had proven to be highly effective, and thus, successful in saving he lives of missing children.

Nurin's death should not be in vain. NURIN Alert is named (with her parents' blessings) after her and is in her memory.

NURIN Alert's pro-tem committee comprise chairman Kamal Affandi, Jasni, and committee members Nik Farez, Nur Azrina Abdul Samad, Hanizah Hashim and Nuraina Abdul Samad.

For more on NURIN Alert, click here, and here,.
Read also Tembam for an education.


Rockybru said...

Way to go!! Congrats to Citizens for Nurin Alert and to Shahrizat, but there's a lot more work to do.


I saw a poster of Nini near my old place in Bandar Kinrara. Several kids were milling around the poster. Kids being kids, they didn't seem too perturbed. And the irony was these kids were on their own. Ages 7 to 10 perhaps, no older than 12. But this is Bandar Kinrara and this is Malaysia, right? We are supposed to be a safe country, right?

I left a comment at The Scribe to ask his readers to recall a proposal made in August 2006 by an Opposition MP that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi give up one his Internal Security Minister post. Even then, the crime index was going up but this was before Nurin and before rape cases shot up by 30-bloody-percent last year.

I agree with MP Fong, Pak Lah should find a full-time minister for this important portfolio. But if he's so tamak and want to keep that ministry for himself, fine .. but please give up one of the other portfolios he is holding!

(Pak Lah is Prime Minister, Finance Minister, and Internal Security Minister).

Anonymous said...

I'd like to be part of NURIN Alert and get more involved (even despite the fact that I'm not in Malaysia right now). Can you tell me what I can do to help?

Salt N Turmeric said...

its sad that Nini is still missing but im glad this time EVERYBODY is doing their bit in finding her. im echoing rocky in Congratulating Citizens for Nurin Alert and Datuk Shahrizat.