Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Serious Rape Allegation

It all began when WikiLeaks purportedly revealed that former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi covered up a rape case involving one of his ministers. WikiLeaks is said to have unveiled a series of diplomatic whisper about the minister allegedly having raped his Indonesian maid in 2007. And it has been making waves on the Internet, particularly among blogs and microblogging site Twitter. So far, the Malaysian government chooses to remain silent.

On Saturday, PAS mouthpiece Harakahdaily (Webpage
http://en.harakah.net.my/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2014:portal-publishes-photo-of-victim-of-alleged-rape-by-senior-minister&catid=36:headline&Itemid=70) disclosed that a Sabah online news portal, Sabahkini.net had named the minister, a staunch critic of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad who made a cabinet comeback during the premiership of Abdullah Badawi, and who is still serving in the current cabinet. Additionally, it also published a photo it claimed was Robengah, the maid said to be the victim of this alleged rape. For those interested to know more about Robengah’s reports or maybe even read them – you can check them out on blogpage http://bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/please-investigate-this-report/.

Meanwhile, blogger Ahirudin Attan (or 'Rocky Bru'), who is also editor-in-chief of free daily paper The Malay Mail, had written that: “We cannot let the people accuse our leaders of committing crime without investigation. But because we did not investigate... now it looks as if we are trying to blind the people”. And he had made a sarcastic comparison by highlighting the news report about an Israeli ex-President found guilty of raping his assistant.

[Moshe Katsav was found guilty of raping an employee in the 1990s when he was tourism minister and of later sexual offences while he was president. The judges said they believed the evidence of the woman whose testimony had led to two charges of rape. Katsav resigned from the largely ceremonial post of head of state in 2007 and was indicted in March 2009 (BBC News, December 30, 2010).]

Moshe Katsav was convicted of rape on Thursday. Photo credit: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9b55aa8c-13f1-11e0-a21b-00144feabdc0.html#axzz19n5bR018

To come back to this alleged rape incident, Migrant Care, an Indonesian NGO who took up this case told Harakahdaily that they issued a press statement calling for action on August 01, 2007. And on December 27, 2010, local rights group Tenaganita re-published in full this statement (Webpage http://www.tenaganita.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=83&Itemid=61) in the hope that the authorities will investigate the case following this expose.

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