IPOH: Parents who are no longer able to look after their children should send them to Welfare Department-registered welfare homes, said Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie.
Heng said that parents should never neglect the welfare of their children, adding that it would be safer if a child was cared for in a registered home.
"Parents could also call MCA's Legal Advisory and Women Aid centre to help get their unwanted child adopted. There are many couples that are unable to have children who are willing to adopt," she told reporters during a feng shui talk at Wisma MCA Perak here on Sunday.
Heng said that there are alternatives to abandoning children.
"Malaysians are a caring society. Whenever there's a disaster, they are always ready to spring into action," she added.
Heng was asked to comment about a three-year-old boy who was found naked and crying alone in a house in Tampin, Negri Sembilan on Friday.
The mother, who was unemployed, is believed to have left him there alone while she went out to look after her mentally-ill mother and stepmother who was injured in a road accident.
The police have since remanded the mother for investigations.
Asked about stateless children, Heng said that those who plan to leave their children at welfare homes, temples or other institutions should leave them with the necessary documents for them to obtain citizenship.
"Don't deprive the children of any hope to get citizenship and to enjoy the many benefits offered by the government, including education and healthcare," she said.