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Rosmah Calls On Government To Build Integrated Centre To Help Pregnant Teenagers | 01/10/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 2010 (Bernama) -- The Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor Friday proposed to the government to set up an integrated centre to help teenage girls who become pregnant or give birth out of wedlock.

She said such a centre was vital following the rising cases of abandoned babies in the country.

In view of this, Rosmah said she would visit the Centre of Integrated Family Welfare (CIFW) in Belgium while accompanying her husband who will be leading the Malaysian delegation to the 8th Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) Summit in Brussels beginning Monday.

"The visit will also enable me to find out the most suitable methods and actions to prevent abandonment of unwanted babies."

She said this to reporters after launching a book entitled "Perkembangan Majlis Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Malaysia 1978" (Development of Malaysian Children Welfare Council 1978) published by Malaysian Children Welfare Council (MKKM) here Friday.

Also present was MKKM Chairman Tan Sri Zaleha Ismail.

Rosmah said CIFW, which was established by the government of Belgium, was aimed at keeping the relationship between the mother and the child closer by training teenage mothers to live their lives as normal as possible.

"A scientific and systematic approach adopted by other countries like this should be emulated by setting up a similar centre in Malaysia," she said.

Rosmah said although it was up to the government to set up such a centre, it was indeed vital to protect the unfortunate teenagers and their children, besides nurturing harmony and developing personality and good moral and religious values.

"If the centre is established, we have to adopt suitable approaches according to our culture and principles," she said.

Besides, she said non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should play a vital role in complementing the government's efforts to implement programmes for the excellence of the younger generation.

In her speech earlier, Rosmah said the book covered all issues and problems faced by MKKM as well as its achievement since 1978.

"The book also commemorates those who had received awards in conjunction with World Children's Day so that their deeds and contributions will not be forgotten by the younger generation," he said.

Rosmah also asked priority to be given to the tasks of nursing, educating and guiding children from an early age so that they would turn into perfectly groomed adults.

"With all the facilities made available by the government especially in the education sector, I'm sure that the opportunity would be put into optimum use to build a brighter future," she said.

MKKM is a non-governmental organisation whose objective is to complement the government's effort in protecting children's wellbeing.

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