Press statement by Wanita MCA Selangor Chairman Dato’ Ong Chong Swen
Rather than be supportive of Wanita MCA’s bipartisan call to protect women and children irrespective of gender from sexual assaults, even if it means charging Malaysians locally for sex offences committed abroad, enacting double jeopardy legislation and calls for quick implementation of the Sex Offenders Registry, it is outright pathetic and even more shameful of DAP to exploit Wanita MCA Chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie solely as a convenient punching bag for personal attacks.
Whilst the MCA women’s wing chairman had only issued rebuttal against Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and did not wince any complaints against DAP Damansara ADUN Yeo Bee Yin, the latter too deems it fit to descend into launching a personal tirade against Datuk Heng.
Solely singling out Datuk Heng but not Wanita PKR Chairman Zuraida Kamaruddin who called that Canada’s worst serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah be locked up (double jeopardy here by PKR, eh?), evinces further that DAP is selective in its criticism against Wanita MCA. But the Rocket, like the proverbial monkey, sees, hears and speaks no evil of its PKR ally. Why this double standard against MCA when sex crimes do not discriminate on political affiliation?
As to Richard Huckle and other paedophiles, Bee Yin misses the point which we had raised last year (where the entire Opposition did not respond to our recommendation) and this year – Like USA, UK and Australia, Malaysia too should enact laws to charge paedophiles for crimes committed overseas.
How many times must Wanita MCA cry out that preventing sex fiends and paedophiles from further heinous acts requires bipartisan efforts is not a matter of personal criticisms at either party?
Legal Advisory and Women’s Aid Centre (LAWA)
Just for Bee Yin’s information, since helming Wanita MCA, Datuk Heng initiated LAWA which has offices at the MCA Headquarters and all 192 MCA Divisions to assist women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence, provide both legal advice on civil and Syariah law for free on child custody, divorce issues or any other issues involving women and minors. LAWA also co-ordinates with 6 related government agencies and various NGOs to provide support for women victims.
One Stop Crisis Center (OSCC)
When she was the Deputy Women’s Minister, Datuk Heng had initiated the (OSCC), an emergency unit in all government hospitals whereby victims of domestic violence or rape to seek help. The person-in-charge at the OSCC will automatically contact the police, Welfare Department and other related agencies whereby everything, including collecting, specimens, taking statements, counselling and legal assistance can be done under one roof.
Todate, Wanita DAP Chairman Chong Eng is still silent on this distressing issue of sex abuses.
What says DAP which betrayed women when it tremendously contributed towards securing voter support for PAS to implement its hudud enactment which severely reduces women’s right, and in particular, will punish female rape victims rather than protect them?
Dato’ Ong Chong Swen
Wanita MCA Selangor Chairman