Committee to find suitable parents for Sg Bakong baby

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A COMMITTEE will search for suitable foster parents for the abandoned baby found in Lumut last month after police investigations conclude, according to the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman yesterday said that the infant, found on top of a table at a foodstall on June 8, is currently in good health and is being taken care of at the Welfare Home Complex in Kg Belimbing in the Brunei-Muara district.

“Right now she (the infant) is at the Welfare Home. Once the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) close the case, a committee will look into finding suitable foster parents for the child,” she said.

The committee called the Action Team on Child Protection, is chaired by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, and its members from the Ministry of Health, Attorney General’s Chambers, Ministry of Education, RBPF, Ministry of Religious Affairs, with the Community Development Department (JAPEM) as the secretariat.

The infant, found wrapped in a sarong and left at Sg Bakong, Lumut, was first listed as weighing only 2.02kg.

She was brought to the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait for a medical checkup, and was found to be in a healthy condition without any injuries.

According to Section 317 of the Penal Code Chapter 22, leaving a child in any place with the intention of abandoning such child is an offence, punishable with a jail term up to seven years with a fine, or both.

The Brunei Times