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KUALA TERENGGANU -- Poverty has forced a young single mother living with HIV to sell her baby to a customer at a price of RM1,800.
However, the baby boy, who was only few months old then, was rescued after the woman's attempt was foiled by the Terengganu Cakna Community (KCT).
KCT president Dr Mustapa Che Omar said the incident occurred about a year ago and the baby had been placed at the shelter for women and children managed by KCT in Ajil, Hulu Terengganu ever since.
"So far, the baby is in good condition, but it is too early to know whether he is also infected with HIV," he said when met at the breaking of fast event, which was also attended by Malaysian Aids Council president Datuk Dr Raj Karim here yesterday.
He said people living with HIV should not be sidelined as most of them were victims of situations.
Meanwhile, Dr Raj said the action taken by the KCT to give shelter to the baby and other people living with HIV was highly commendable as it would boost their spirit to live their lives.
"With a shelter like that, they will be able to obtain education, counseling and skills training," she added. -- Bernama