Cops came at 2am, claim women

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 23 Nov 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: The three Chinese women who had claimed they were humiliated by the police while under custody have now allegedly been harassed at their home by policemen. 

This was related by the three women to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who then alerted Parliament Human Rights Caucus chairman Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. 

The women – Yu Xuezhen, Gu Xiuhua and Wu Xiaohua – claimed that policemen came to their home about 2am yesterday. 

Kok said one of three women refused to open the door when the policemen knocked on her door. The men then went outside the apartment block and shouted until the woman’s husband came down. 

“The police said their action was to check whether the women were with their husbands, and at the addresses they had provided,” Kok said. 

The three women had on Nov 13 lodged police reports over having their money stolen, being asked to strip and being peeped at while bathing when under police custody. 

At a press conference at the Parliament lobby yesterday, Nazri said the late-night visit by the police to the women’s home was clearly harassment. 

“If the police could commit such an action, how can they be trusted to investigate the women’s complaints fairly? 

“This is completely unacceptable and I will bring the matter up in Cabinet on Wednesday (today),” he said. 

Nazri said instead of investigating their own personnel, the police had chosen to harass those who complained against them. 

“If this thing goes on, we are really living in a police state. We cannot even complain about them because they will put fear in us for doing it,” he said. 

He promised that the caucus would continue pursuing the matter. 

On Home Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid springing to the defence of the Immigration Department following his call for the department not to single out young Chinese women, Nazri said: “I read the statement by the minister who said that if there were one or two errant officers, it was not fair to blame the whole force. 

“I would like him to advise officers in his department that if there were two or three China girls who are doing this (being involved in vice), it is not fair to say that all China girls are like that.” 

Meanwhile, Selangor police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Yahya Udin urged the three China nationals to lodge a police report immediately. 

He said the allegations were serious and vowed to conduct a thorough investigation. 

“If it is true, we will take stern action against all those involved,” he said.  

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