Members of TRANSIT were left shocked by this news today:
Dead baby boy left in plastic bundle on commuter train (Malay Mail)
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 21:56:00
PORT KLANG: The body of a baby boy with the umbilical cord still intact was found bundled in a black plastic under a seat on a commuter train here today.
Klang Selatan police chief ACP Mohamad Mat Yusop said the body was believed to have been left behind during the train’s journey from Batu Caves to the Port Klang station.
He said the body was found by two cleaner when they cleaned-up the lead passenger coach after the train arrived here at 8.15am and the police were alerted about it at 9.15am.
The train started its first journey for Batu Caves from Port Klang at 5.35am before making its return journey, he told reporters here today.
Mohamad urged eye-witnesses to come forward.
He said the baby’s body was sent to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital here for a post-mortem and the case was being investigated under Section 318 of the Penal Code.
Meanwhile, a cleaner, Siti Khalijah Mat Zain, 37, said when she spotted a black plastic bundle under the seat on a coach she thought it was a trash left behind by a passenger.
Sensing something amiss, she called up her colleague to check on the plastic bundle.
“To our horror we saw blood stains on the plastic. We then found the body of a baby boy wrapped in a floral-patterned blanket in the bundle.
“A prayer mat and a Yasin verse booklet was also found in the bundle. I then contacted the police,” she said.
We do not often comment on social issues as we have so much to deal with with public transport issues in this country.
At the same time, we cannot deny that there is a social connection here. Just think about all of the hours that are wasted, stuck in traffic congestion, thanks to our poor transport options.
Think of the lost time for families, for parents and children to interact, to create & sustain a strong family unit with positive connections & mutual support.
Think of what we in Malaysia are losing every time we hear of a tragic story like this.