Teen pregnancies on the rise with 111 reported this year

PETALING JAYA: Teenage pregnancies are becoming a disturbing trend in the country based on the swelling number of girls seeking help from the Welfare Department about their predicament.

As of April, the department has already seen 111 such cases. This number is a dramatic increase compared to the 131 cases throughout last year. In 2008, there were 107 teenage girls who got pregnant.

They were placed at Taman Seri Puteri, a rehabilitation centre and shelter that provides training for youngsters, especially teenage girls who face social problems.

The statistics provided by the Welfare Department are just the tip of the iceberg, according to MCA Public Ser­vices and Complaints Depart­ment head Datuk Michael Chong.

“Many cases have gone unreported,” he said, alluding to how Malaysian families viewed the problem with great shame.

by Ng Cheng Yee.

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