Kami Mahasiswa Prihatin

Di dalam kandungan ibuku tersayang,
Amannya kurasakan,
Degupan jantungmu, jantungku,
Irama penuh syahdu,

Dimanakah ibu, dimanakah ayah,
Bonekakah atau manusia,
Anak tidak berdosa menjadi mangsa,
Oleh hawa nafsu yang serakah

The lyrics “Harapan Tanpa Suara” or “Hope without Voice” by Habsah Hassan with the melody arranged by S. Atan is a very meaningful song. Recently, the effort done by Utusan Malaysia through launching a campaign named “Kami Prihatin” on 23rd March 2010 is something that should be complimented. The campaign which also received support from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (MWFCD), Astro Awani and Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia (Karyawan) aims to raise awareness among the community on child abuse and abandoned babies.

According to the Deputy President of the National Council of Women Organisation (NCWO), Faridah Khalid said the reason of having this problem is that: “They feel embarrassed for being pregnant and they are embarrassed to seek help from the people who cannot accept non-marriage pregnancies. I believe that some of the girls as far as possible do not want to terminate the lives of their babies”.

In response towards this issue, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Minister from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (MWFCD) said she is very shocked and upset with what that had happened and further said her ministry is willing to take responsibility to cater to those innocent babies since their legal parents already neglect and abandon them.

In her statement, she once said: “Banyak orang nak bantu, kalau tak mampu, bawa ke hospital atau balai polis. Saya percaya hospital akan terima. Kalau tak nak, bagi saja pada kita!

Few questions to ponder, until when can these welfare institutions that exist nowadays really cater in raising up these innocent kids and babies? Is the real reason because those mothers feel ashamed to face the public since they had given birth to a child out of wedlock? We are not sure what the exact reasons behind it are, but one thing for sure, there is a need for some action to be done to overcome this matter.

As a student who is really concerned on this issue, I do believe that there is a solution for this matter, example, from what the Quran had taught us. In the holy Quran Allah said:

And come not near to unlawful sex. Verily, it is a Fahishah (immoral sin)) meaning a major sin and an evil way
(Al-Israa' 17: 32)

Therefore, as students we urge that the campaign “Kami Prihatin Anda Jauhi Zina” should be extended and publicized among the public. If we don’t start to curb this issue from its roots, it will never end. Referring to the statistics done by National Registration Department (JPN), between 2000 until July 2008, there are more than 257 000 birth certificates produced by the department being registered without the name of the father. This means that, there are about 2,500 cases of a child born out of wedlock happening monthly and approximately 83 cases daily.

Besides, students at university level should play a vital role to tackle this issue. It should be reminded that, this is a never ending issue if precautions are not taken by us. According to Puan Rosmawati Zainal, the Director of Raudhatus Sakinah, a welfare institution managed by Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), not less than 30 % of the community in that institution are among university students. It is very sad to see and hear this fact which indirectly has tarnished the name of university students.

Quite surprising when these people who are among the educated, hoped by the nation to provide a good example towards the public out there, but in return what has happened is otherwise. With reasons to want to enjoy their lives and try new things, it only ends with committing immoral acts.

Based on what that has already been highlighted, are we really alert on this issue? Can we guarantee that people around us, example, our friends and siblings are free from doing such an immoral act? Realizing various campaigns exist like “Kami Prihatin”, it should not be targeted towards the parents only however, it should be extended amongst the youth too. They should be exposed on how Islam teaches us with regard to the relationship between men and women who are not muhrim and particularly on Islamic akhlaq.

All of these knowledge already exists in Al-Quran and Sunnah, thus as a true Muslim believer, don’t deny what that is already outlined since all of them are actually in line with the nature of human being as well. In conclusion, let us work hand in hand to overcome this matter in line with the proverb that says “prevention is better than cure”.


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