KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching today asserted that remarks such as a minister's advice for women to dress “shabbily” to avoid crime was why they were reluctant to report sexual assaults.
Citing the case of the robbery-and-rape in Puchong last week, Teo said the victim only reported that she was attacked nearly five days after the incident despite the extensive news coverage beforehand.
“The reality is, only one in 10 sexual abuse victims ever report. Unhelpful and idiotic comments like Tengku Adnan’s make most of them to be too embarrassed or ashamed of the incident to admit it,” she said in a statement.
She also questioned why Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor chose to comment on a woman's appearance when she expressed concern about public safety during a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session in Bandar Tun Razak Wednesday.
Teo also pointed out that Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is leading the TN50 dialogues, previously wrote that “no one should be stupid enough to suggest that sexual harassment or crimes are the fault of the women for what they wear”.
She then urged Khairy to “educate” his Cabinet colleague, and for police to investigate Tengku Adnan for sexual harassment.
According to a Malaysiakini report, Tengku Adnan told a Puteri Umno member that she drew unwanted attention because she was “beautiful”, and advised her to be unkempt when headed outdoors to prevent this.
Two men allegedly raped the worker during a robbery at a gaming outlet in Puchong on May 11, with the incident caught by surveillance cameras.
Videos of the attack were leaked online.
Police formed a special task force to investigate the crime, and have since arrested one suspect.
The outlet owner only reported the robbery on May 13, while the worker reported her rape another three days later.