Rape at detention centre: Malacca CM wants thorough probe

idrisharon-rapePETALING JAYA: Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron says a comprehensive probe must be carried out as questions emerge over a Thai masseuse’s claim that she was raped at the Machap Umboo detention centre in the state.

According to media reports, the 32-year-old woman told her younger sister that she had been raped by an immigration department officer after being detained following a raid on a massage centre on March 7.

However, The Star said today that doubts were surfacing as her 28-year-old sister only lodged a police report on March 21. This was despite the incident allegedly occurring on March 9.

According to the report, investigators are now looking into every possibility.

“A comprehensive probe must be carried out and the proper action must be taken if there has been any wrongdoing,” Idris was quoted as saying.

“Legal action must also be taken if any attempt was made to tarnish the immigration department’s image,” he said in the report.

The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) is investigating the claim. Its chairman Yaacob Md Sam said yesterday that the commission would investigate it transparently and impartially, without prejudice.

Meanwhile, Malacca CID chief Senior Asst Comm Kamaluddin Kassim told the daily that it was too soon to say if the police report was lodged in bad faith and aimed at harming the officer’s reputation.

Lodging a false police report is an offence under Section 182 of the Penal Code.

The daily also quoted Malacca United Anti-Crime Association chairman Saravana Theertha, who said a medical report based on an examination of the woman would determine if she had indeed been raped.

Otherwise, investigators would lodge a police report on behalf of the immigration department, he was reported as saying.