‘Police made me strip’


  • Nation
  • Friday, 31 Mar 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: A 61-year-old woman has lodged a police report alleging she was stripped naked, laughed at and humiliated by police who also supposedly demanded that she give her ATM card and pin number. 

Cheng Pik Wai alleged this happened when she was arrested on March 11 for alleged shoplifting. The mall dropped the allegation on Tuesday when it realised that it was a misunderstanding. 

On Wednesday, Cheng, who does not speak Bahasa Malaysia or English, lodged a report over the treatment she received at the Dang Wangi police lock-up on March 11. 

TOTALLYHUMILIATED:Cheng showingreporters herATM card at theParliament lobbyyesterday.

Yesterday, she related her ordeal at a press conference called by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok at the Parliament lobby. 

The mother of three said she felt humiliated when two policewomen ordered her to strip.  

“They laughed at me,” she said.  

In the report, Cheng claimed that RM209 was missing from her wallet. 

She alleged that she saw a policewoman put some money in a drawer and that it was the same policewoman who had asked for her ATM card and pin number.  

“She had also asked for my jewellery but I refused as it was given to me by my mother,” said Cheng who migrated from Taiwan in 1971 and is now a Malaysian citizen.  

City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mustafa Abdullah said it was a “very serious allegation”. 

“A thorough investigation is being conducted and there will be no cover-up,” he said.  

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