Pregnant? ‘But we only did it once’

PETALING JAYA: “We only did it once.” That apparently is what most young girls would say when they found out they are pregnant. “They are not aware of what they have done and they always tell us ‘we only did it once’, ” said Shahida Musa, the deinstitutionalise manager of OrphanCare, a not-for-profit foundation that helps…

Wan Azizah launches campaign to curb baby dumping

Dr Wan Azizah launches the campaign to curb baby dumping. Bernama Photo SEPANG: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today launched a campaign to curb baby dumping which she said is a serious issue that must be addressed immediately. She said 577 cases of baby dumping were recorded in the four…

Time Orang Asli are treated with respect

LETTER | It is regrettable that we have to learn from tragedy. The deaths of several villagers from the Orang Asli Bateq tribe in Gua Musang, Kelantan including the death of a toddler from a measles outbreak could have been prevented had more effective, structured vaccination programmes been carried out. It was learnt that the…

Strategies to help Orang Asli

THE announcement by the Health Ministry that it was measles which killed 15 Orang Asli from the Kuala Koh Bateq community reveals the healthcare situation for our indigenous people, “Mystery solved: It is measles” (The Star, June 18). During the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), many Orang Asli villages were moved into settlements on the fringes of…

Outbreak is a ‘wake-up’ call

PUTRAJAYA: The common measles, combined with a fragile im­mune system and severe malnutrition, have been cited in the possible deaths of 15 Orang Asli of Kampung Kuala Koh in Gua Musang, says the Health Ministry. But health authorities are concerned that only a handful of the Orang Asli have received the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccination needed…

Take care of yourself, then your children

SERI KEMBANGAN: Her mother could only read Jawi but that did not stop her from raising 10 children and improving herself. “She encouraged us (the daughters) to go to schools, even though the Malays then were afraid to send their children to Christian missionary schools for fear they would become Christians. “My mother even taught…