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Sunday January 12, 2014 MYT 7:15:25 AM
by josephine jalleh
Never forgotten: Ah Sau placing flowers as Gaik Yap’s her mother Lim (left) looks on during the 7th year memorial service in Sungai Petani, Kedah
SUNGAI PETANI: A large crowd turned up at the Wat Damrong Ratanaram (also known as Wat Siam) in Kampung Raja here for a gathering to remember Chee Gaik Yap, a 25-year-old who was raped and murdered in 2006.
Those gathered there also listed five demands, including for the police to find and punish the culprit.
A car salesman charged with murder-rape has since been acquitted.
Gaik Yap, a marketing executive and Universiti Utara Malaysia graduate, was kidnapped, raped and killed before her body was dumped at a housing estate.
For over an hour from 11am yesterday, the crowd from various parts of the country, held white daisies while listening to leaders from both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat speak about the importance of justice and closure for Gaik Yap.
Their demands include appealing to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to announce the developments of the case and to ask that the court retain the passport of the salesman who was acquitted by the Alor Setar High Court on June 25, last year.
They asked the A-G to add a rape charge to the case and to restore public confidence in the judiciary.
They also suggested for the Parliament to oversee the operations of the A-G’s Chambers. Also present were Gaik Yap’s father Chee Ah Sau, 57, and mother Lim Kim Nai, 56.
Ah Sau, who was crying, declined to comment but had told Berapit assemblyman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi that he hoped for his daughter’s case to go to the Court of Appeal as soon as possible.
Ong said the gathering was organised through Ah Sau’s initiative.
Gurun MP Dr Leong Yong Kong from MCA said he supported the call for the A-G’s Chambers to be accountable to Parliament.
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