PETALING JAYA: Serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah may have committed his crimes in Canada, but there are concerns he may do the same in Malaysia, once he is deported this Sunday.
This is the concern expressed by Wanita MCA chairperson Heng Seai Kie, who said Selva Kumar could become another Richard Huckle, a convicted British paedophile who sexually abused children from the poor areas of Kuala Lumpur.
A retired Canadian policemen who handled Selva Kumar’s case, warned that the rapist still posed a threat.
“Wanita MCA is gravely concerned that Selva Kumar may end up as another Huckle, roaming and lurking on our streets in search of fresh underage prey, in particular, among the illiterate and destitute.
“And (he) may use his wealth to cajole his way out of liability, especially, since to the penniless, especially urban poor, staving off hunger is a priority,” said Heng in a statement today.
She warned that the number of cases Selva Kumar was convicted of may not have painted the true picture of his crimes, as many sex victims often shied away from filing a police report.
Heng also urged Malaysian lawmakers to introduce a law that allowed for sex offenders who committed their crimes overseas, to be tried in Malaysia as well.
“In particular if they are paedophiles. Although they have served time behind bars abroad for offences committed overseas, they must face similar charges and conviction on home soil.
“Such practices are already enforced in Australia, the United Kingdom, and America, among others.”
That is not all. According to Heng, sex offenders must be kept away from children.
“Where necessary, convicted sex fiends should be made to wear a tracking device to monitor their movements.”
Selva Kumar is expected to return to Malaysia this Sunday, after serving 24 years in a Canadian prison.
In 1992, he was found guilty of 19 counts of sexual assault, 28 counts of administering a drug or noxious substance, 10 counts of various kinds of assault and a dozen other charges, including extortion.
According to a report by CBC News, among Selva Kumar’s victims were four minors with one as young as 14.
During a parole board meeting last week, Selva Kumar said he had a “structured release plan” for his freedom in Malaysia as well as “strong family support”.