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Jakarta Post

Smoking infant to stay with indulgent parents

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Malang   /   Tue, April 6 2010   /  09:00 am

Child protection services have opted not to take a 4-year-old boy from his parents in Malang, East Java, despite their encouragement of his smoking habit.Mulud Riadi, 52, and his wife Moedjiati, 41, had previously been threatened with having their son taken away to Jakarta for rehabilitation by the National Commission for Child Protection.Despite his age, the child is a chain smoker and is proficient in swearing — habits instilled in him by his parents.The commission initially planned to place him under the custody of the Social Services Ministry in Jakarta for treatment.On Monday, commission head Seto Mulyadi met with Mulud and Moedjiati at their home in Malang to discuss the rehab program for their son.After a 15-minute talk, the couple refused to let the commission seek help for the boy.Instead, they “promised” to protect the child from the negative impacts of “the surrounding...