Lanang MP wants estab­lish­ment of IPCMC ex­pe­dited

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Danny Wong re­porters@the­bor­neo­

SIBU: A par­lia­men­tar­ian here is push­ing for the estab­lish­ment of the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints and Mis­con­duct Com­mis­sion (IPCMC) to be done as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Lanang MP Alice Lau said she would voice out the mat­ter dur­ing the Par­lia­ment sit­ting this Mon­day.

In Septem­ber this year, Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad an­nounced the set­ting up of the IPCMC, set to re­place the En­force­ment Agency In­tegrity Com­mis­sion (EAIC) and act as an in­de­pen­dent body to look into po­lice com­plaint more holis­ti­cally.

“I hope with IPCMC, the pub­lic would have more con­fi­dence in our po­lice force in the fu­ture,” Lau told a press con­fer­ence held at the Demo­cratic Ac­tion Party (DAP) of­fice in Re­jang Park here yes­ter­day.

Lau was there to high­light the case of a 19-year-old girl, who said she was a raped by a po­lice per­son­nel in Sarikei late last month.

Ac­cord­ing to Lau, the vic­tim and her older sis­ter came to her seek­ing ad­vice on what the next course of ac­tion should be.

It is said that the girl, who works as a shop as­sis­tant in Kuch­ing, boarded an ex­press bus at 10pm on Oct 28, to go back to Sibu and cel­e­brate her sis­ter’s birth­day there.

Around 4am the next day, the bus stopped at the ter­mi­nal in Jalan Wharf Sarikei where the girl went down to go to the toi­let.

Some­how, the bus left her be­hind – with her purse and mo­bile phone still on board.

“She then man­aged to stop a 4WD (four-wheel drive ve­hi­cle) and asked the male driver for help. He brought her to the next bus ter­mi­nal in the hope that she could catch up with the bus there, but to no avail.

“It was there when the man told her it was un­safe for her to be alone at the ter­mi­nal in the wee hours. He said he would bring her to his ‘of­fice’, where she would be safe,” said Lau, adding that the man had ac­tu­ally brought her to a po­lice sta­tion.

Lau said the man also of­fered the girl to use his mo­bile phone to call her sis­ter in Sibu, which she did.

“Later, her sis­ter called back and told her that she had col­lected her be­long­ings from the bus at Sibu ter­mi­nal. The girl said it was around this mo­ment that the man be­gan to make her feel un­com­fort­able.

“She claimed that the man later told her to go to the toi­let, where he forced him­self on her.

“Af­ter the or­deal, the girl said he brought her to the bus ter­mi­nal and gave her RM30 for the fare to Sibu and also for food. Im­me­di­ately af­ter ar­riv­ing in Sibu, the vic­tim told her sis­ter about the in­ci­dent,” said Lau.

It is un­der­stood that a po­lice re­port has been lodged and in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Lau, the girl iden­ti­fied the man who had raped her from a line-up ar­ranged at the po­lice sta­tion where she said the in­ci­dent took place, adding that the girl’s state­ment has been recorded.

It is al­leged that the man who raped the girl is a po­lice­man.

Back on the IPCMC, Lau stressed that this very in­ci­dent sig­ni­fied the cru­cial need to ex­pe­dite the set­ting up of the com­mis­sion, ‘to zero in on po­lice mis­con­duct or abuse of power’.

Lau (right) at the press con­fer­ence with the girl, who lodged a po­lice re­port.

The ve­hi­cle that bursts into flame at the KIA de­par­ture hall.

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