Sunday, November 27, 2005

Malaysia investigates abuse claim

Malaysia investigates abuse claim

Malaysia has launched an inquiry after a video emerged which apparently shows a police officer humiliating an ethnic Chinese woman. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the incident was a severe blow to Malaysia's image. It follows a number of complaints against police by Chinese tourists. A Malaysian delegation is due to travel to China next week to mend relations between the two countries. The clip, thought to have been filmed on a mobile phone, appears to show the prisoner and a female police officer. The officer, who wears a Muslim headscarf, stands in front of the woman, who is forced to strip naked, grasp her ears and squat repeatedly. The pictures are accompanied by the sound of verses from the Koran being recited, although it is unclear if this would have been audible to the woman. Mr Azmi is due to fly to Beijing next Wednesday to placate the Chinese over the treatment of their tourists in Malaysia. There has been a marked drop in Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia since reports of the alleged abuses surfaced. A number of Chinese women have claimed they were forced to strip in Malaysian police stations while being spied upon. Malaysian immigration officers have also been accused of profiling young female Chinese visitors as would-be prostitutes.


At November 28, 2005 5:26 PM, Blogger John B said...

I'm thinking that if I'm a relatively small country (Malaysia - population about 25 million) living in the neighbourhood of China, I wouldn't want to recklessly piss that other country off.


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