A number of rape cases have caught our attention in recent days. One of them in particular involves an underage girl in Pulau Tioman.
Since this involves a civil servant, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as Home Minister has the obligation to provide protection to the girl and her family and ensure that the girl is given full legal assistance by Parti Keadilan Rakyat to ensure that she sees justice done.
It is time that the federal government should also act decisively and firmly regarding the increasing number of rape cases. According to the statistics compiled by the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), the number of cases has tripled within a span of just 10 years from a total of 1,217 cases in 2000 to 2,998 cases in 2010.
If this continues, it will turn into a rape culture that is aided by the authorities who are supposed to safeguard and protect our young girls from such vulnerability.
For example, we find it hard to believe but it is true that British freelance photographer Richard Huckle from Ashford in Kent has abused up to 200 Malaysian children between the ages of six months and 12 years old from 2006 to 2014. Why did it take the British courts to see that justice is finally being meted against the paedophile?
Such matters should not be tolerated, and it is high time that the federal government should beef up the investigation team to ensure that rape cases are given the priority.
ELIZABETH WONG is the exco member for Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs, Selangor state government.