Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Issues: Social Bussiness Model for Women & Unwanted Pregnancy

For the past few days, the Malaysian newspaper highlighted several cases of abandoned babies.. most do not end happily.. the two latest news really make me really sad.. the first one of a baby girl being left.. when discovered her body was covered and bitten with ants (i hope that is not the cause of her death).. and the latest one was yesterday I think.. a baby boy burned in a rubbish bin (this one was believe to died before his small body was burned)... Most of these babies are belief from Malay aka Muslim origin...

It sadden me in a way cz Muslim and Islam should be merciful towards each others and this would include the mother and baby.. I believe most of these babies were born out of wedlock and being in a conservertive society, babies' death are preferable than the shame and stigma to bear and raised an out of lock baby.. the babies were innocent... but maybe in Malaysia, there are no ways of handling this increasing trend.. which make me incorporate them in my latest GBI assignment.. I have to do a 15 pages of academic paper tittled "Enhancing CSR and Promoting Social Busssiness in the Bussiness World: Pharmaceutical Sector Perspectives".. I've just did that.. but to post them all here is unlogical.. so just the segment on SB for these unwanted pregnancies.. hope somebody will learn something from this .. ;(

I didn't event have the heart to capture the whole of the baby's picture.. was sadden by the red welts on her sweet face.. being a mother of a 4 months old baby boy myself .. I can't understand why not these babies are given to adoptive parents.. there are lots of married couples yet to be blessed with babies for years.. maybe there are no centres of facilitation as yet.. I hope it would be soon taht just lip service of related ministry.. all talk and publicity.. but no real solution..


Malaysia is bountiful in its resources and in this regard, social business seems to do not have a place here. Malaysia’s poor are actually still well off compared to others all around the world. Abundance of fertile soil and river of which we are still able to derive our livelihood, we have government aids such as Pusat Pungutan dan Pengagihan Zakat and Kebajikan Masyarakat; as well as charitable organization and programme, most famous of is TV3’ Bersamamu. Glaringly is the reluctance of Malaysian to be employed to work in hardship jobs which resulted in higher number of foreign labours into Malaysia.

In this regard, the idea is to target the group that are needful but are not catered to due to insufficient funding or stigma in which the unwanted pregnancy can be included. Based on Polis Di Raja Malaysia’s statistic, a total of 580 cases of unwanted babies were recorded from 2000 to 2006. From January till September 2008, there were 50 cases of baby abandonment which shows that the trend had increased tremendously. The feasibility of the business of selling unwanted babies is highlighted in the recent cases in Johor and Kula Lumpur of babies sold in between RM15,000 to RM20,000 by agents to couples unable to conceived their own baby.

As unwanted pregnancy is still a taboo subject within Malaysia which is predominantly Muslim, it is imperative to highlight the point that the initiatives will save the innocent babies, reeducate the young mothers as well as giving hope to childless couple.

These business models would include corporate initiatives, would be foster parents and concerned publics as investors for capital, land, equipment and other related items. Products and services that could be sold would include items for women – during pregnancy as well as post babies such as maternity clothing, baby items, cross stitched handicrafts and such. The labor would be the pregnant mothers with work designed to be suitable for their condition. To avoid stigma, inclusion of single mothers can also be included. The initiatives would also include small grants for these targeted groups to open their own sewing shop after their graduation from the centre.

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