EAIC to in­ves­ti­gate masseuse’s claims

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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

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