September 20, 2010

Sekolah Harapan?

It's open already..... but still no student?? Yalah, the establishment of the school was quite controversy. But, the main purose are to avoid the girl to dump their innocent babies. Now, i see it have a positive side.. but ada kah orang mau hantar anak mereka...?? Misti parent they all pong malu gak... hmmmm...

Malaysia opens first school for pregnant teens
Malaysia's first school for pregnant teenagers opened on Friday but the controversial facility, aimed at curbing an epidemic of "baby dumping", has yet to sign up a single student.

Conservative commentators in Muslim-majority Malaysia have complained that Sekolah Harapan or "School of Hope" will only encourage premarital sex.

But its chairman Rahaman Karim defended the school as a practical strategy to combat the rising numbers of abandoned infants -- often dumped dead or dying in the streets or on rubbish dumps in cases that have shocked Malaysians.

"Islam and other religions offer a chance for people to repent. We give them a chance to repent and we hope they will turn over a new leaf," he said.

"This is something new for our society so people are still weighing their pros and cons," he said, adding there had been six requests from prospective students around the country.

"But we have to take action now on these cases of baby dumping, we can't just let that happen," he said on a tour of the building's newly painted classrooms, filled with empty chairs and tables.

An all-female staff will offer normal classes as well as counselling and skills training to the girls, whose privacy is assured. After their delivery and confinement period, they will return to their normal schools.

Giving birth out of wedlock still carries a strong social stigma in Malaysia, a multicultural society embracing Muslim Malays as well as ethnic Chinese and Indian communities.

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