Motion to debate Royal Commission over Penan rape allegations rejected

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat had rejected a motion for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Enquiry into the sexual exploitation of Penan women and girls.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee said that, while it met the Standing Order requirements for the motion to be specific and of public interest, it did not fulfill the criteria of needing immediate and urgent attention.

"Moreover, a National Task Force has been set up to address the issue," he told Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR - Ampang) who had filed in a notice of the motion to the Chair on Monday.

On Monday, Zuraida said the Royal Commission needed immediate and urgent attention because the authorities had not taken any action against the perpetrators and the National Task Force had failed to resolve the issue since their cases were highlighted more than a year ago.

Ronald said Wednesday he was merely adhering to the Standing Order.

She said the move to form the Commission was pertinent to the proposed visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to the Penan community in Ulu Baram in the Miri division on July 22.

“The committee set up by the Women, Family and Community Developent Ministry in 2009 has confirmed that Penan women and girls suffered sexual abuses.

“A recently-released report on the sexual exploitation of Penan women and girls in Baram Tengah and Ulu Baram on July 7 revealed that seven new sexual abuse cases have been reported," she said on Monday.

She questioned why no one had been brought to justice for the crimes.

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