KUALA LUMPUR: Shocked and disgusted. This was the reaction of MPs who saw a video clip depicting a naked woman doing ear squats in front of another woman dressed in what looked like a police uniform.
Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who had obtained a copy of the video, showed it to the others at Parliament House yesterday.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who heads parliament's Human Rights Caucus, said the video clip proved that what several Chinese women had previously alleged was true.
Nazri, who had spoken out in defence of the four Chinese women, said: “I will show this clip to the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) and the Deputy Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) and say that what had been alleged had truly occurred and not made up.
“I’m sure they will ask for immediate action.”
When told that stripping suspects was part of investigating procedures, Nazri said this did not mean that they could be treated to such actions at the whims and fancies of the police.
“There are proper procedures and I’m sure they cannot be stripped anywhere,” he said.
“Maybe only officers of a certain rank should be allowed to carry out such actions.”
He added that it was not important whether the woman in the clip was one of the four Chinese women concerned.
“The point is that such practices are occurring,” he said.
Abdullah, who is the Internal Security Minister that oversees the police, is currently in Malta attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid and Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang, who were among those who viewed the video, agreed that such an incident should not have occurred.
Azmi said proper investigations should be conducted to get to the bottom of the shocking incident.
Lim called for urgent actions to stop such practices and also an investigation into how the clips were taken.
Kok said she received the video clip via MMS but declined to say who the sender was. She downloaded the footage into a computer notebook and showed it to ministers, MPs and the media.
Kok, who had been helping three of the four women, said the naked woman in the clip did not look like any of them.