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Paedophilia case polluted volunteerism
The international community was rudely awakened with news prosecution and guilty confessions by Richard Huckle, a Britain citizens arrested for offences involving paedophilia activity.
He was found guilty of committing 71 felony prosecution of sexual paedophilia over children as early as six months in over a disgusting decade.
Even worse, he keeps the pictures of his dirty acts in the laptop, other than sharing it all in one web site reported as The Love Zone.
More shocking, his acts of cruel also involved 200 children in our country. It is understood that Huckle used his volunteering identity as the tricks in a way of reaching out to the target groups.
Criminal act masked with the voluntary work will give enormous affect not only to the community even to the movement of the volunteering work identity itself.
Perhaps the unfortunate incident suffered by the paedophilia victims will cause the parents, schools and communities as they will be increasingly suspicious with the attendance of member volunteers.
The sponsor and benefactor circle will also be increasingly reluctant to channel contributions as a result of malicious acts of some individuals or groups posing as human gentleman in the name of identity but in fact intend dirty thought.
Have the features of personality in mind.
An academician, Dr Azizan Bahari, who is also a former Secretary of the Malaysian Youth Council Works (MBM), wrote in his recent book ‘ Volunteerism’ to provide the definition of volunteerism as ‘ human individuals or groups involved or do voluntary work’.
Meaning, this individual must possess eminent personality and persuading character. That’s why volunteers always seem willing to sacrifice for others and have the ability to protect others.
However, as the saying goes, ‘There’s no accounting for tastes’, we are sometimes very difficult to identify the character and actions of dishonest volunteer like ‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’.
Individuals like this sneak in among the community and jump from one organization to another with great stories and personal profile to convince, but in reality he was a monster very rapacious and cruel.
Thus, it is time we create the instruments of controlling over the impulse volunteer work in the country. Although the field of study of volunteerism and social work has long been established in the University, the knowledge input sometimes restricted to students and social work managers in departments or agencies only.
But with the explosion of information technology today, it is acknowledged that many individuals are passionate to display their involvement in volunteerism and many other parties also want to share the same passion.
This situation becomes more fierce or irregular when big calamity like natural disasters or war happens. It is not surprising at some point of what then happens is truth will conflict with facts and sensational information.
This situation is of course very well liked among false volunteers to approach the panic and the weak. Consequently, per standard operating procedures should be introduced to help all parties whether a society NGO and community contributors to interact and Transact amicably without prejudice and equally secure and respect.
Individuals involved in the volunteer work must be respected and recognized. It’s not merely attribution in the form of medals or certificates, but even granted with facilities in the form of material such as daily goods purchase discounts, fare carriage discount or health services discount.
Through the operation of Standard procedures or SOPS and monitoring instruments, we might be able to take steps to establish a database of eligible volunteers to receive merit points in order to enjoy the facilities mentioned earlier.
For the long term, this database will be able to identify individuals who really desired to be the prominent volunteer. At the same time, we should also continue to set aside the criminals who hide behind this noble work.
Cheaters doer in volunteerism must be identified and displayed to the public. The organizations involved must also be investigated and appropriate of penalty for failing to control the behavior of its members.
This decisive action and vigorously implementation will ensure the safety of the people and thus ensure individuals and organisations a pure unadulterated volunteerism to scratch bad reputation. What important is that, the incident and malicious human behavior by fairies such as Richard Huckle should not weaken the spirit of community volunteerism and our fighter.
-Berita Harian, Tuesday, 14 Jn 2016, m/s 10-