The New Paper reported on the incident where an abandoned newborn boy was found as residents trailed the sound of what seemed like the cries of a kitten in a drain.
This happened on Saturday night, when residents were heading back home after their evening prayers, and were shocked to find a baby by the drain along Jalan 7/5g in Bandar Baru Bangi in Selangor. The boy was found covered in his own faeces, wrapped in a grey shirt and a plastic bag.
Kajang police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner Richard Willey stated that a witness was cycling home when he heard what he thought were the sounds of a kitten coming from the drain.
He then spotted movement inside a white plastic bag on top of a concrete slab nearby.
The Assistant Commissioner reported that, “He opened the plastic bag and saw a baby inside”, and after, “He cycled back to the surau (prayer room) to inform the people there of what he had found”.
The witness led his father and the family doctor to the drain to find that the baby still had its umbilical cord attached and only had a shirt wrapped around him. The doctor borrowed a pair of scissors and removed the umbilical cord.
The police spokesman assured everyone that the boy is healthy and the police are currently calling on the public to help find and identify the child’s parents.
This is not the first case of a child being abandoned.
In November, another infant was found abandoned near Kota Bayu Emas with his umbilical cord still attached.
Sadly, this type of incident is not limited to Malaysia, with cases happening in Singapore, albeit less frequently.
August 2015 saw a young couple abandoning their baby as they were unsure of what to do with him.
As parents, it is our duty to nurture and care for our children.
If you believe that you will not be able to provide for your child at this stage, do consider contraceptives instead of abandoning your young, helpless child into the world.
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