Malaysian police seem to be dragging its feet to nab loggers raping Penan girls in upper Baram despite details 111 pages report made public by a federal government ministry yesterday.
The head of the Criminal Investigation Department in Sarawak, Senior Asst Comm 2 Huzir Mohamed, told The Star on Thursday that the police need more detailed and specific information like names, dates and places.
“We need the names of specific victims, where they can be found, more accurate information on the dates and places of the incidents and descriptions of the people who had committed these (sexual crimes).
“We need to interview these victims. If the report is too general and not precise, it will be difficult for us to probe effectively.
“The ministry must furnish us with more details,” he said when was asked whether the police could launch an investigation to pinpoint the rapists following the ministry’s public disclosure that there had been numerous cases of rape and sexual abuse against Penan girls and women in Ulu Baram in northern Sarawak.
When they first investigated the case, the police found no evidence of these crimes, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said in November last year.
However, the continuing public outcry over the horrific crime prompted the Government to study the matter more deeply.