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Monday August 27, 2012

Forum to help address teenage pregnancy issues

JOHOR BARU: The Asia Pacific Forum on Families (APFAM) hopes to address the issues of unwanted pregnancies among teenagers in the region by conducting a conference soon.

Its president Datin Paduka Prof Dr Jamilah Ariffin said that the association hopes to attract teenagers as well as their parents to take part in the event.

“Touching on unwanted pregnancies is a taboo among the Asian society, however we must be able to create awareness on the matter,” she said in her speech during a breaking fast event held here recently.

APFAM, a non-governmental organisation, was established some 12 years ago and focuses on providing support services such as counselling, health clinics and related activities for problematic families.

Thank you: Dr Jamilah (fourth left) presenting aid to recipients during a break fast event. Looking on is Yong Peng
assemblyman Lim Kim Moi (left) and Johor Religious Committee chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman (third left). Thank you: Dr Jamilah (fourth left) presenting aid to recipients during a break fast event. Looking on is Yong Peng assemblyman Lim Kim Moi (left) and Johor Religious Committee chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman (third left).

She added that APFAM is yet to decide when and where the conference would be held but it will most likely take place next year here.

Dr Jamilah also said that the community should not frown upon pregnant teenagers but must be compassionate and understanding on their predicament.

“There is no point in finding fault and it would be more beneficial to think ways to support and help them,” she said.

Meanwhile, a total of 50 home based working housewives received a good bag which included 10kg of rice, sundry items, sarongs and RM200 cash.

Dr Jamilah said that most of the housewives who received the aid are the sole breadwinners of their family.

“The women have to work hard from home because their husbands have either passed away, are sick or are physically handicapped,” she said.

Dr Jamilah described the recipients as strong characters that had to work while taking care of their family at the same time.

“APFAM hopes that the aid received would help lighten their burden,” she said.

The event was jointly organised by APFAM, Yayasan Pembangunan Keluarga Darul Takzim (YPKDT) and Sokka Gakkai.

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