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Action Should Be Taken Against Those Who Abandoned Babies, Says Rosmah | 11/02/2010
Untitled document KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 2010 (Bernama) -- The Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, disappointed with cases of abandoned babies, wants immediate action to be taken to curb the heinous act.

She said those responsible should be brought to justice and punished.

"Previously, cases of abandoned babies were are not often reported, but now they are becoming serious.

"I want to advise women in the country, especially the young ones, to think first before doing anything because babies are also humans who need love like others, she told reporters after receiving a visit from child pianist Tengku Ahmad Irfan Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal, at her residence in Jalan Langgak Duta here Thursday.

She was asked to comment on cases of abandoned babies, the latest being that of a baby girl whose body was found at the gate of a mosque in Permatang Duyong, Melaka, Wednesday.

Rosmah said cases of abandoned babies happened because the women who delivered them were not ready to become mothers or did not want their babies, which resulted in some of them killing their newborn babies.

On her meeting with Tengku Ahmad Irfan, Rosmah, who is patron of the Permata Negara programme, said he would be absorbed into the Permata Seni programme so that his talent could be honed.

She said his talent would be put to good use in a performance by a children's orchestra to be held at Istana Budaya in November.

"The orchestra will involve children aged between nine and 15, and if everything goes as planned, it will be the first children's orchestra under the Permata Seni programme," she added.

Tengku Ahmad Irfan, 11, is a child prodigy pianist. He was awarded the Trinity Guildhall Certificate of Excellence for Grade Five solo piano at age nine and recently received a distinction in his Grade Eight.

The Year Five pupil of Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Petaling is the eldest son of Tengku Dr Ahmad Shahrizal, an ear, nose and throat specialist at the University Malaya Medical Centre.

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