Saturday, December 8, 2007

Raja Munirah

This is a little diversion on issues regarding children. It is about a 22-year Malaysian lass, caught for having 690 grammes of syabu at Narita Airport, Tokyo.

The lass, Raja Munirah, a mass communication student in Malaysia, claims she was 'duped' by another person who convinced her to carry the luggage containing the syabu. Read the NST story here. Whether she is guilty or otherwise is a separate issue. But the Malaysian mission in Tokyo should do everything within its means to provide financial, legal and emotional assistance to Raja Munirah. She is a Malaysian, so go help her. Malaysians must not be abandoned.

Monday, November 5, 2007

For Nurin & Preeshena

Dear PDRM,
How many more will have to suffer needless cruel death before you act and make these &^%$#@! perverts pay for their crime?

Will you continue in your sub-standard investigations? Or is this your way giving a message to the Government? Whatever the message is, we really don't know what you are doing to track the killers. Please, don't treat this lightly and leave no stone unturned until the pervert is caught.

I have some suggestions:
1. Expedite Nurin's Law to publicly list all sexual offenders.
2. Institute Nurin Alert system to empower all to look for children in distress.
3. Investigate all crimes against children, irrespective of race, colour, creed and culture.
4. Be professional, sensitive and yet be focused on why you are wearing the blue uniform.
5. We, the Rakyat will support you all the way to track these animals in human form.

Can you do it PDRM? Do you have the willpower?

Dear Nurin and Presheena, this blog is for you and all other children who suffered similar fate. How many more must fall?

No peace yet?

These perverts are leaving a trail of cruel, despicable act against innocent little angels. Nurin left us in September. And now another little angel, Preeshena Varshiny, 9, was murdered, sexually violated and brutally beaten to death...and thrown down the Casa Milla Tower Condominium in Selayang, Selangor. Read the story in New Straits Times here.

So sick...sick...sick!

She was alone at home when a stranger banging loudly at her door managed to enter and tortured little Preeshena. O Lord, how long must it take before all this come to an end. When will this monsters be caught and made to pay for the crime?

This too is preventable, if only parents have been more vigilant. I know of many more in Klang Valley who still pay little attention to their children's safety.

Preeshena, Preesheena....why? why? why?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Of vegetables and a bag

I received a serious jolt that day. The manner in which little Nurin was found was a devastating experience for me. I really do not want to describe the gruesome find in detail. But eversince September 17, when little Nurin was found in a Diadora sports bag together with a cucumber and brinjal, I was terribly shaken.

I can no longer look at cucumbers and brinjals the same way. The other day, while watching an English Premier League interview on television, in the background was names of soccer sponsors. My eye suddenly caught the logo of Diadora...immediately I lost track of the television and my mind raced to little Nurin.

Oh Nurin! May your passing be a monument to the living that we should all protect and defend children....irrespective of colour, creed and culture.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Have you heard about "List 99"?

In Britain, the Department of Education and Skills (DfES) mantains a special category of people (both men and women) who are barred from working with children. They are barred from working with children irrespective of whether they are in a permanent employment, social work or even in a voluntary capacity. Click here on how UK does its checks before employing an individual to work with children.

Under List 99, which has been put to good use for over 80 years, there is a wide list of reasons why these individuals are barred. This includes sex related offenses, keeping images of child porn, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, violent crime, deception, mental illness and many more. Since we are all targetting to be a developed nation, it is high time we think and act like a developing nation, rather than continue third world nation behaviour. Sometimes it is easy to heap all the blame on the Government. But we parents aren't always blameless.

What are we teaching our children? Are we too busy to give our precious time to children? Why are we not campaigning to exclude sex offenders from getting close to our children?

Perhaps it is time our Wakil Rakyats debate these pertinent issues in Parliament rather than wasting time and arguing over impactless issues.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Nurin's Law?

In The Star paper this morning, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil says that the Malaysian Government may soon be declaring war on paedophiles. They intend to do this by looking for predators on the Internet chat channels preying on kids.

This is all well and good, and I support it. But it is all too late for little Nurin. Too late for all the other little girls who also needlessly lost their lives in the hands of perverts.

If Datuk Seri Shahrizat is willing to listen, with due respect, I suggest we enact a similar law to Megan's Law. Let' s call it Nurin's Law. It will be a fitting monument to little Nurin, who could have been saved. Nurin's Law would demand that the Police maintain a list of sex offenders, which would be made public so as to caution the all parents and the public to be alert and extra vigilant.

Dear Datuk Seri Shahrizat, can you please lead the way to champion and defend the defenseless? Can you get parents to stand up and be held accountable in safeguarding OUR kids? Children belong to us all. We must protect them. The Police can also do more to protect children by training its officers to be thorough in its investigations.

Please help before the predator who mercilessly struck many other children decides to strike again. Nurin's Law, anyone?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Megan's Law

Just found out that the move to make public the National Registry of Sex Offenders in the United States came as a result of a tragedy - Megan Nicole Kanka. At the time of her brutal murder, she was 7 years old. Her head was smashed affer being raped and violently brutalised by a known sex offender living opposite the Kankas in New Jersey, United States.

The law requiring all 50 states in the United States to make public the sex offender list was named Megan's Law, in grim reminder of what happened to little Megan. The little angel, Megan, could have been anyone's child.

The Kankas have since started a foundation - The Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation - to champion the rights of parents to know if sex offenders live in their neighbourhood. Read more about Megan Kanka here.

And maybe, try remembering children who are constantly being subjected to abuse, pain and torture in various places all over the world. Say a prayer that they will all be rescued.