Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – A Malaysian Islamist party asserted that
Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Day celebrations encourage free sex
that has led to a spate of baby dumpings that have grabbed national
headlines, a news report said Thursday.
“Baby dumping is rampant, especially during the months of July to
September,” Nasrudin Hassan, head of the Pan Islamist Party’s (PAS’)
youth wing, was quoted as saying by The Star daily.
Nasrudin claimed there had been 15 cases of abandoned babies since
“It’s an indication that the ‘mating season’ occurred during the
New Year’s Day celebrations,” he said, adding that the PAS expected
more cases through September. He put the blame on Western traditions,
such as Valentine’s Day, that “put youths in situations involving
alcohol and indecent behaviour.”
PAS, Malaysia’s largest opposition party, is planning a meeting
with non-profit organizations and all political parties Sunday to
tackle the social problems involving baby dumping, especially by
young, unwed mothers.
Local newspapers have recently reported a series of babies being
found dead and alive at dumpsites, at the doorsteps of strangers’
homes or in rivers.
One reported in The Star involved an unwed university student who
had a miscarriage and threw away her 5-month-old foetus in a rubbish
bin in a toilet.
Another baby boy with his umbilical cord still attached was found
alive outside the home of a policeman.
According to police data, 65 babies have been found abandoned so
far this year. Last year, 79 cases were reported.
The media uproar has led the government to propose the death
sentence for baby dumping, sparking more debate on the issue.