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‘No such thing’, IGP says of ‘sanitary pad’ accusation

 | September 2, 2015

Khalid Abu Bakar says police would never degrade women detainees by insisting they change their sanitary napkins in front of them.


PETALING JAYA: Females detainees from independent music venue Rumah Api were never forced to change their sanitary pads in the presence of female police personnel, said Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.

In a report on Malaysiakini today, Khalid denied outright that the police would ever degrade women detainees in that manner and said, “I have checked, no such thing happened.

“Surely we will not ask them to change their sanitary pads in front of us.”

He also said the accusations were made in an attempt to make the police look bad in the eyes of the public.

“These allegations are too much […] it is meant to make us look bad.”

In another report on Malaysiakini, it was learnt that 100 odd people who were listening to a performance at Rumah Api themed, “Party Tonight, Revolution Tomorrow” held on the eve of the Bersih rally, were arrested and taken to the Pandan Indah police lockup where they were remanded for three days on suspicion of attempting to topple the government.

While there, one woman detainee told the news portal, on condition of anonymity, that eight of the menstruating women, including her, were not allowed to wear underwear and instructed to change their soiled sanitary napkins in the presence of a female police officer.

“I was wearing the pad with just the lockup pants. No underwear,” she said, adding that by the time she left the lockup, she was broken in spirit as were the others.

She also said that while the detainees were allowed to contact family members and request for toiletries, most of what was brought to them was never given to them.

“The person in charge told me that my sister brought me stuff, and I saw a huge bag my sister had brought. She brought me a lot of stuff. But in the end, I was only given a toothbrush, toothpaste and the pads,” she said.

The woman detainee said the group was told they were being detained for attempting to overthrow the government by staging a revolution of sorts.

“The police were trying to implicate us to whatever gathering, I don’t know. But the people who were at Rumah Api were basically the people who are the least likely to go for Bersih.

“We told them (the police) everything we knew, which was nothing they wanted to hear.”

Everyone detained was released yesterday, except for two foreigners, an Indonesian tourist and a Filipino working in Malaysia for the past five years.

While the Filipino was eventually released, the Indonesian is still in detention because the Immigration system has no record of his entry into Malaysia although his passport clearly bears the stamp from the Malaysia-Singapore immigration counter, showing proof that he indeed did enter legally.


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