MALACCA - The state government has come up with a noble idea to prevent baby dumping among teenagers.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the state government was willing to support not just the nikah (solemnisation) fee of young couples but would also give them RM500 (S$213) each.
Saying Muslim teenagers in the state were encouraged to get married early if they feel the urge to do so, Ali said this would help to prevent babies from being abandoned.
"The state government has decided to promote and help teenagers who want to get married as we strongly feel that this is the best way to prevent them, including school kids, from committing sin and worse, dumping their newborns.
"I am willing to meet the teenagers' parents and seek their blessings on behalf of their children. The government will also help them financially to see that the marriages are solemnised," he said after officiating the state's Book Village third anniversary celebration and launching of Malacca "Makan-makan" and "Membeli-belah" books at the Botanical Cafe, Ayer Keroh here yesterday.
Ali said: "Baby dumping cases usually happen among the Muslim community as teenagers were desperate to conceal their pregnancies. Some of the girls were also disowned by their families.
"They do not perform abortions as this is prohibited in Islam. So, they take the shortcut to solve their problem by dumping their newborns. We do not want this to continue. It has to be stopped."