Selasa, 04 Desember 2007
A one-minute mobile phone video clip showed a woman (not identified), possibly in her 20s, doing ear squats 10 times in front of a policewoman in what looked like a locker room of a police station. The video clip shot was shown to several MP as well as reporters by DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa KOK in the Parliament lobby on the morning of 25 November 2005.
The unidentified woman detained was shown later putting on her underwear and a black top. The grainy clip began with the police officer ordering the naked woman to do squats, indicating with her hands that the detainee was to hold her ears while doing them. It is believed that the incident happened last month as Ramadan prayer could be heard.
It is not known who recorded the footage, which appeared to be taken without the knowledge of the two women through a window. It was first published by vernacular China Press on its front page on November 25.
Ms. Kok said she believed that the woman in the video clip was not one of the Chinese women nationals who had lodged reports recently against the Petaling Jaya police for being falsely detained, stripped and abused.
Home Minister Azmi Khalid told a press conference in Parliament after viewing the clip that: “This should not have happened. If police personnel are really involved, then this is police abuse…the government will take the necessary action.” On a related matter, Azmi said “Profiling Chinese women especially those below 35 as being involving in vice should not have happened.”
In a further incident, on 3 November 2005, Ms. Zhen was traveling in a car with four friends, one of whom was Chinese and the other three Malingsians, to a party when they were stopped at a police roadblock in Sungai Buloh. They showed the police their passports but the police personnel said that they suspected the passports were fake.
Ms. Zhen told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on November 11, that: “Although I don’t understand Malay, but from their gestures, I knew they asked for RM500. Otherwise we will be arrested.” Knowing she had a genuine passport and had nothing to fear, Ms. Zhen refused to pay. Then Ms. Zhen and her female Chinese friend were immediately handcuffed and taken to the Sungai Buloh police station. There she saw a few more women from mainland China detained for allegedly holding fake passports too. Ms. Zhen called her husband, a Malingsian contractor, to bring their marriage certificate but when her husband arrived, the police just ignored him.
At about 6am, the detainees were taken to the Petaing Jaya district police headquaters where their bags were searched. “A policeman and a policewoman at the corner asked me to give them RM50 for yum cha (drink tea). They took five RM10 notes from my bag. I was so frightened at that time as they were very fierce so I agreed. Two other Chinese women also gave them RM50. And my friend just had 3RM, and they took this as well. They distributed the money in front of us to another two or three officers.”
Then Ms. Zhen was taken to a room where a policewoman ordered her to strip naked. ”I felt so ashamed so I turned my back when removing my undergarments. When I did this, the policewoman slapped me and grabbed my breasts.” Then Ms. Zhen was held in a lock-up with 18 others, in which there were no beds. “It was dirty and full of ants. We were not given water to drink. So all of us had to drink tap water and suffered diarrhea.”
Not until 7 November was Ms. Zhen finally released after the Immigration Department verified her passport.
“I never been handcuffed before. There is no humanity in Malingsia?” Ms. Zhen said, breaking into tears. “I never believed reports in newspaper in China of how Chinese nationals have been abused in Malingsia until I experienced it myself.”
Ms. Zhen has lodged reports over the incident with thee Bukit Aman federal police headquaters and Anti-Corruption Agency and she decided to come forward,” I don’t want any other Chinese national to suffer. I want justice to be done.”
Also present at the press conference were DAP Seputeh MP Teresa KOK and DAP Seputeh’s deputy chairperson Rickie Kow Ah Kuan. Ms. Kok said she has written a letter to IGP Mohd Bakri Omar urging him to investigate this case promptly.
Image Source: BBC