Last week, whilst speaking to reporters after meeting Putra Heights residents, Datuk T. Murugiah had a cultural shock when he visited the Cameron Highlands Hospital maternity ward recently and found Orang Asli mothers as young as 11 and 12 years old.
NST and the Star reported that what worried him more was that these minors were ignorant that they needed to register the births of their babies.
Berita Harian reported that
Lebih membimbangkan, remaja berusia 12, 13 dan 15 tahun itu tidak mengetahui siapa bapa kepada anak mereka kerana mendakwa tidur dengan lebih daripada seorang lelaki.
But consistent with the english papers, murugiah did not propose any solutions to protect these ultra-young mothers. He was focused on unregistered birth.
Terkejut dengan perkara itu, beliau berkata, apa yang lebih membimbangkan apabila remaja terbabit mendakwa tidak mengetahui bapa kepada anak mereka kerana tidur dengan ramai lelaki.
Lulu doesnt know if Murugiah spiced up his story or what,
but the hospital has denied his claim
Hospital Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom Cameron Highlands director Dr Mahanim Md Yusof denied there were any cases of Orang Asli mothers, as young as 11, giving birth in the hospital.
She was responding to reports quoting Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk T. Murugiah who said he was shocked to find mothers as young as 11 and 12 years old in the hospital's maternity ward during a visit.
In a statement yesterday, Dr Mahanim said at the time of Murugiah's visit to the hospital on Thursday, there was a 17-year-old Orang Asli girl who delivered in the hospital.
"She is still warded and the hospital is in the process of getting welfare aid for mother and child and help through the National Registration Department.
Lulu hopes Murugiah was wrong and the hospital is right, not just because she thinks Murugiah is a blithering idiot, but cos if what he saw was true, then there must be many, many more very young girls who are being exploited like that :(