I was in KL today on an errand and at the Maju Junction traffic lights, I stopped to wait for the all clear with my mind still on Sharlinie. Suddenly that huge electronic billboard flashed Nini’s search poster “Pulangkan Sharlinie”. Couldn’t catch much of the info as the traffic lights turned green. It was good to see that billboard as the Citizen’s For Nurin Alert had recommended it very strongly. Yet, I could not help but feel so sad that despite all the attention given to this little girl compared to the ill fated Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, we still have not found her.
In my internet searches for information on how best to deal with situations of missing children, I must tell you that never have I read people who blame as much as Malaysians do. You know why? Because when it comes to finding the missing child, they come together and work as a team. They come forward to offer help, volunteer time, money, set up search parties and man telephone lines. The ultimate aim is to find the missing child. Malaysians instead love to blame and the object of blame is most certainly the Government or the police. We even have a joke about this at work. Instead of brainstorming as normal, intelligent people with a conscience would do, Malaysians do “blamestorming”! Now that this election campaign machineries are in full gear, you will read plenty about Sharlinie and Nurin as these unfortunate little girls, one of whom is still missing and whose life is possibly at great risk, has become fodder to blame the Government and the police. Just read the blogs and you will find enough blame throwing to last you till the next general elections. I can’t stand that! It’s easy to blame and as this very thought provoking article in a Christian magazine about training children here says:
Blame takes less effort than a creative solution. Blame conceals personal guilt, inferiority, stupidity, and carelessness. It is easier to accuse another than to take responsibility. Blame is as useless as cussing the heavens . . . and just as sinful.
Creative solutions is what Gaston County police departments are trying out with a new tool that they hope will help find missing persons here with the “A Child Missing Alert Program” that uses mapping software and rapid information processing to launch thousands of phone calls within minutes of the missing person’s description and other pertinent data. They even try to understand what motivates criminals here:
Statistically, the average serial killer is a white male from a lower-to-middle-class background, usually in his 20s or 30s. Many were physically or emotionally abused by parents. Some were adopted. As children, fledgling serial killers often set fires, torture animals and wet their beds (these red-flag behaviors are known as the “triad” of symptoms.) Brain injuries are common. Some are very intelligent and have shown great promise as successful professionals. They are also fascinated with the police and authority in general. They have either attempted to become police themselves but were rejected, worked as security guards, or served in the military. Many, including John Gacy, the Hillside Stranglers, and Ted Bundy, have disguised themselves as law enforcement officials to gain access to their victims.
Chocolate lover (just see her blog) Kak Teh left a comment on my post yesterday and try as I might to avoid it, my thoughts returned to little Sharlinie who is still missing while we carry on with life. What can we do now little girl, I asked Nini silently? The whole country is not thinking about you anymore because they have more important things to worry about like the general elections for one thing. As Kak Tek tipped me of, I hopped over to Sharon Bakar’s really nice blog http://thebookaholic.blogspot.com/ and read about the numskull who wrote a book about Nini, for only God knows whatever reason. The Malay Mail highlighted the story here yesterday and today this story here that boggles the mind because an unamed blogger claims his avatar was used as a photofit in the unautorised book. It gets curioser and curioser!
The unauthorised book, Di Mana Sharlinie, published by Penerbitan Karang Media, had stirred controversy. It was also slammed by Sharlinie’s father, Mohd Nashar Mat Hussain, who deemed it “insensitive”. The blog owner, who only wished to be identifi ed as Ahmad Kamal, dropped by The Malay Mail office yesterday to clarify that he had nothing to do with the case. “I was shocked and surprised upon reading The Malay Mail yesterday. I saw my avatar being used as one of the illustrations depicting the man supposedly behind the brutal murder and killing of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin and Sharlinie’s disappearance.”
Meanwhile, Utusan Malaysia reports on the photofits here, here and here. Harian Metro has assurances from ACP Arjunaidi that the search continues here and reports of new photofits drawn by a lecturer with mathematical calculations here which police are verifying before they can publish the pics. Another report on someone who has met one of the suspects here. The lecturer surmises that her three male abducters are drug pushers who may abduct another child to keep her company? Really? I find all this hard to believe but if anyone finds Sharlinie alive and well, hey I’ll believe it!
A quick search and I find out here about the nine-year-old Shannon Matthews who disappeared three days ago. Police believe that Shannon, of Dewsbury, West Yorks, could have gone off of her own accord and may be too afraid to return home. But they also fear that she could have been abducted. A search involving police and hundreds of residents, initially in freezing fog, has so far found no trace of her. Reports here, here, and here. Please this report here that I find very different from the reports our media carried about the search for Sharlinie and Nurin Jazlin:
POLICE praised the efforts of the public in the ongoing search for missing Dewsbury girl Shannon Matthews, but urged caution as the investigation enters a new phase. At a public meeting in the Salfia Centre, Scout Hill, earlier this evening, Chief Supt Barry South said: “You will all be aware now it’s some 48 hours since Shannon’s disappearance and the last confirmed sighing we have got is still at 3pm on Tuesday at the school.
“We are now becoming obviously increasingly concerned as to Shannon’s whereabouts.” He said the search had increased in scale today as almost 300 uniformed officers and 60 detectives continued to search for the nine-year-old from Dewsbury Moor. He continued: “I’ve been extremely proud to see the community reaction, the enthusiasm, the energy of the people wanting to get out there to get involved to try to find Shannon safe and well, but we need to get that more co-ordinated.”I was concerned to see footage of members of the public searching construction sites and other hazardous areas where they could themselves be at risk.”
Chief Insp Vince Firth said he had never seen a response like it and that the public had played a vital role in the initial searching, but said continued activity could hamper the investigation. He said: “It’s moved on to a different phase now. Our officers are moving into a much more detailed type of searching. “If you hear something and think policewill already know about it, tell us again. You can certainly have a drive round and talk to people to give some leaflets out. “But what I really don’t want to happen is for you to be going out there in the dark because people will be getting injured.” That could take resources away from the hunt, he said.
Police described Shannon as white, around 4ft 1in and slim, with shoulder-length, medium-brown hair, which was possibly tied up in a ponytail. She has blue eyes and freckles. She was wearing a black school jumper with a school logo on it, a white cotton T-shirt, black trousers and a black, waist-length coat with fur round the hood. She was also wearing pink and grey “Bratz” furry boots. Anyone with information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 01274 373737, or by text on 07786 200806, or, alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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