Last Saturday night, I received a distress call from a parent whose son was sexually molested by a man in a public toilet. I received the call and sms at 9pm and immediately asked if my presence was required. She told me that the process of making a police report should not take too long.
However, she bumped around from one police station to another. I am surprised after the announcement made by IGP Musa last year that victims can make police report at any police station, some are still not equipped to look into serious crime such as child and woman sexual abuse cases. This is a serious matter.
Our politicians sitting in Parliament now must take up this issue. I post the victim's mother email to me and her suggestions:
SUGGESTION TO THE KETUA POLICE (IGP)
I was at the Bahagian Siasatan Jenayah Seksual & Penderaan Kanak-kanak last night because of a molest case happened to my relative at public toilet of Queen Park, Taman Maluri.
We lodged a police report at Taman Maluri Police Station at about 9pm accordingly. After an hr, the official referred us to the respective department in Ibu Pejabat Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Hang Tuah. Frankly speaking, I have no idea what is going to happen there, until then the escort police (who was helpful) led us to Bahagian Siasation Jenayah Seksual & Penderaan Kanak-kanak. There we have to lodge a new statement with the Inspector there. The Inspector was Insp Jaythis.
Upon our arrival, there were no other victim or suspect, however, the Inspector was handling other cases through phones. She also scolded and laughed at the suspect that went with us.
After waited about 40 minutes, the Inspector called my relative, who was the victim to start taking statement, but because he is only 11+ years old kid, he can’t speak fluent BM and English, the kid was not able to tell the all story in order in the first 15 minutes. Because this, The Inspector has scolded him loudly and complained to her colleague that it was a waste of time to take the statement from him........ after about 10 minutes, she cooled herself down and was more patience with the kid. And the kid was also able to tell the story slowly. The whole process took about 1 hour, and in between there were many cases interrupted the process. After that, she took the statement from a witness which went smoothly but also took approximately 1 hours.
The whole process took approximately 3 and half hours.
However, during this 3 and half hours, I have notice problem with the system as follows
1. I got to know from the notice board of the department and found that, there were only 4 official are working in a day to handle the sexual abuse cases in Kuala Lumpur, 1 officer, 1 asst. officer, 1 escort and 1 driver. The 2 escorts and driver were in and out all the time to reprimand suspects and send them to respective branches for charge. I did not see the officer. There was only 1 policeman working.
We read of rape and molest cases in the news and newspaper everyday, and those were cases reported, however, what about those cases that were not reported to the public? I understand from one of the officers that there were more then 10 cases handled in the day itself already, and the Inspector who took the statement was yet to have her dinner and drink since afternoon!! From there, I understand why she lost her temper….
2. Secondly, there is no air-condition on and no fan available after 6pm!!!! My 2 children fell on sleep at the sofa in the office and they got sweaty, what about the officers working the whole night in there…..no drink…no food…..no fresh air…..now I understand why she lost her temper…and restless……… some more, 1 person to handle more then 10 cases…….
Therefore, Dear Ketua Police Kuala Lumpur,
I sincerely suggest that if possible, please arrange to have Chinese & Tamil translators standby all the time to ease the inspector’s work.
Secondly, please increase manpower instead of 4 persons,especially during weekends, I strongly believe that, if more officers are available to handle 10 cases in a day, this will definitely increase the efficiency and effectiveness of work. AND, the inspector will be more patience.
Last but not least, a comfortable working station is also important to us, especially to those who always work under stress and pressure. Everyone of us know that, POLICE is the security of our home. They have the most stress and pressure to handle their works. If they don't even have a comfortable place to work the whole day, I believe, no one can perform their job with full commitment and energy. SO, I sincerely, hope each and everyone police are enable to work in an AIR-CONDITIONED office not only during day time, but also night time.
HOPEFULLY ALL OF THEM WILL PROTECT OUR PEOPLE WITH FULL COMMITMENT.
I have edited this email for clarity and cover the identity of the person. Any parliamentarian or police officer is free to contact me for more information. This is a serious matter as many sexual abuse cases went unreported in the media.
We want our family members to walk on safe streets. Public safety is an area all policy makers must focus their commitment.