KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has refuted claims in a documentary by Al Jazeera that refugees were forced to strip naked in an immigration detention centre in Malaysia.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said even if a detainee was required to strip off their clothes for body checks, they would be given a towel or sarong.
"Each person brought into the police or immigration detention centres must go through body checks.
"Women are checked by female officers and men by male officers. If it is necessary that all clothes be removed, the detainees will be given a towel or sarong, and the checks will be conducted in a room.
"It will not be done in the open," he said, when answering to an emergency motion raised by Lim Lip Eng (DAP - Segambut) on the Al Jazeera report in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.
Lim had moved to adjourn the Dewan proceedings to discuss the Al Jazeera documentary titled 101 East: Malaysia's Unwanted, which was aired on Nov 19.
The documentary had carried interviews with refugees detained in an immigration detention centre alleging that police and immigration officers had physically assaulted and forced them to strip naked, among other claims.
Wan Junaidi said the personal dignity of each detainee has been protected and close attention was given to this matter.