EAIC to investigate masseuse’s claims
PUTRAJAYA: The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) has initiated an investigation into the alleged raping of a Thai woman by an Immigration officer at the Machap Umboo detention centre in Alor Gajah earlier this month.
In a statement yesterday, its chairman, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam, said EAIC would investigate to determine if there was any wrongdoing committed by the enforcement officer.
“The investigation will reveal if there was non-compliance with the detention centre’s standard operating procedures and the Immigration Department’s circular on control and management of detainees,” he said.
It was reported that a 32-yearold masseuse had claimed she was raped by an Immigration officer and forced to perform oral sex on him.
Her sister had claimed that she and a friend went to a massage centre in Melaka Raya on March 7 to meet her sibling, who worked there.
Immigration officers raided the centre at 11pm and took them and three other female workers to the depot where the ordeal took place the next day.
The 32-year-old sister also claimed that the Immigration officer had demanded a massage and forced himself on her without using a condom.
He also forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Yaacob said EAIC had left it to the police to investigate the case based on the report lodged by the complainant.
He said EAIC viewed such allegations seriously and would carry out investigation in a transparent manner, without preju- dice or favouring anyone.
Meanwhile, Immigration deputy director-general (control) Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah said the Immigration Department was conducting an internal investigation on the matter.
The investigation was being carried out by the department’s integrity division and the officer involved had been called in to give his statement.
“The Immigration Department will conduct a thorough investigation.
“If the officer is found guilty of breaking the rules as a civil servant, we will not hesitate to take disciplinary action in accordance with the Public Officers Regulations (Conduct and Discipline) (Amendment) 2002.
“The department leaves this case to the police to investigate based on the complainant’s report.
“We will always be transparent and give full cooperation to the police,” he said in a statement.
Datuk Yaacob Md Sam