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Police, what witness do you expect from rape case?

Should Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin expecting someone to submit Chua Sok Lek’s kinda porno video to him?

Detain the suspects and conduct DNA profiling to match with the child’s DNA. So??

No Witnesses To Assist Probe Into Alleged Abuse Of Penans – Police

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama) — Police Friday refuted claims that they are turning a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse involving Penan women and that until today no witnesses have been brought to the police by any NGO fighting for their cause.

According to CID director Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin, police had investigated 14 reports of alleged rapes in the Baram area since 1995 and only four cases involved Penan women, including three cases reported in 2008.

He said these cases were not brought to court due to insufficient evidence and there was also a case involving the sudden death of a Penan elder, where no foul play was suspected.

Bakri said a task force headed by him was formed to investigate these allegations after a meeting in Bukit Aman on Jan 2 with the Inspector-General of Police and several NGOs which discussed issues relating to sexual abuse of Penan girls and women.

“The task force comprising of police officers from Bukit Aman and Sarawak visited nine settlements to interview witnesses to get to the bottom of the matter.

“However the task force faced numerous obstacles and hundles investigating these cases, especially non-cooperation by the alleged victims and witnesses,” he said in a statement today.

He said he had a meeting with NGOs in Sarawak on Jan 20 and pleaded for their assistance in bringing forward witnesses and on Aug 17, another meeting was held in Sarawak with NGOs where again Police asked for their cooperation in bringing forward witnesses.

“Sadly, until today, no witnesses have been brought to the police by any NGO fighting for the Penan cause,” he said.

He also remind all those concerned that the police conducted investigations within the perimeters of the law and offenders were brought to court only when there was sufficient evidence.

He said irrefutable evidence was essential to a successful rape prosecution and mere filing of a rape case in court without such evidence was an exercise in futility and may bring about serious legal repercussions.

Bakri added the police had yet to receive an official copy of the report prepared by the special committee set up by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to investigate the allegations.

“We, however, managed to obtain the 112-page document that was made available on the ministry’s website. The report is the culmination of a 5-day visit by the special committee to Baram from Nov 10 to Nov 15 last year.

“An officer from the Royal Malaysia Police was a member of the committee that visited five Penan settlements and interviewed the alleged victims. Part 4.1 of the report consisting of 16 pages documented several alleged cases of Penan girls and women either being raped or molested by timber company workers,” he said.

He said the police welcomed the proposals made by the special committee in Part 4.2 of the report and all those concerned should be committed to translate these proposals into action for the betterment and well-being of the Penan people.

Bakri was referring to a front page news report headlined ‘They were raped’ published in The Star today with regards to the alleged sexual abuse of Penan girls and women by timber company workers in the Baram district of Sarawak.


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