This is heartbreaking. Yesterday (Monday, 21st November), a Facebook page titled “Klangkampunghalamanku” posted a picture of a newborn baby being abandoned outside a mosque. The post, which accumulated 1.1k likes and 839 shares as at time of writing, has since gone viral.
The cute infant, seen wrapped in a batik cloth, was found outside of Masjid Al-Hidayah, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, with a handwritten letter believed to be from the mother explaining why she had to give her son up as soon as he was born.
In the aforementioned handwritten note, the mother wrote (Translation): “To whomever that is reading this note, this baby was born on 21st November 2016. The reason for abandoning my baby is not because I don’t want to care for the baby, but because I don’t have the finance and capability to raise him. So I’m appealing to those who can provide this child with a better future to care for the baby. God willing, we’ll meet again in the future.” The mother ended her letter with the words, “I love you“.
The post has since garnered mix reactions from the public. While some critiqued the mother for “taking the easy way out by leaving it at a religious place”, others expressed sympathy, defending her that “at least she didn’t throw the baby boy away or try to have an abortion”.
Sources online claim that the baby in the black box has since been sent to a nearby hospital for treatment. A representative from Masjid Al Hidayah, Mohd Deen Mohd Napiah, has also taken to Facebook to urge the baby’s parents to come forth as the community is ready to lend a helping hand.
We sincerely hope that the baby will be well cared for. What do you think of the mother’s decision? Did she made the right choice given the circumstances?