Female Politicians: Give Alleged Mongolian Rape Victims Whistleblower Protection

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Cop who allegedly raped Mongolian women suspended.

The two Mongolian women who were allegedly raped by a police inspector should be released from custody and offered protection under the Whistleblower Protection Act, say two politicians.

Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah and Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lim Yi Wei, in a joint statement on Thursday (April 23), urged police to release the two women and their three friends who helped them.

“The Bar Council and 18 NGOs have rightly raised the question of using the Anti-Trafficking In Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act (Atipsom) instead of the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) 2010.

“The WPA would prevent the five women from being retained in any form of custody and from unnecessary inquisition into their immigration status.

“Other than risking their well-being, the continued usage of Atipsom may derail the focus of the primary offence, that is rape,” they said.

They urged that the Interim Protection Order under Atipsom be set aside and the five women should be released.

“The focus should be on rape investigations and charging the perpetrator without delay.

“We also note that the inspector has been recently released on bail.

“If the alleged perpetrator can be released on bail, victims and whistleblowers should be accorded the same treatment,” they said.

They added that while there may be more men in supermarkets these days, single mothers, single women caring for elderly parents and women who still travel to work in essential services every day must be remembered.

“These women and other vulnerable communities should be able to travel safely at all times, without fear of harassment,” they said.

Meanwhile, the policeman who allegedly raped two Mongolian women here has been suspended.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said they served the letter of suspension to the suspect on Wednesday (April 22).

“The two victims and three others have been placed under an interim protection order (IPO).

“We have taken the investigation paper to Bukit Aman and there are a few instructions that we need to execute before presenting it to the Deputy Public Prosecutor,” he said on Thursday (April 23).

“The continued usage of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act may derail the focus of the primary offence, which is rape,” they were quoted as saying in the statement.