Friday, December 12, 2008

Jerit coordinator claims cop sexually harassed her

IPOH: A Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit) coordinator has lodged a police report claiming that a cop grabbed her breasts during a scuffle in Kuala Kangsar on Tuesday.

Helen Mary Johnson, 41, claimed that a uniformed policeman had sexually harassed her when she was about to retrieve a camera from a colleague.

She told reporters at the Perak State Secretariat building here yesterday that she also suffered injuries to her mouth.

Johnson is a participant of Jerit’s ongoing “People Cycling for Change” expedition that began in Alor Star on Dec 3.

They presented a memorandum to Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin yesterday.

Johnson said at the time of the scuffle, she and about 20 others from Jerit were gathered outside the Kuala Kangsar police station, some 45km from here.

“I reached for the camera that my colleague was passing to me over the gate when suddenly the man came from behind and grabbed my breasts,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nizar said he knew it would be a difficult journey for the group.

“I suggest that the next time your team gets stopped by the authorities, hand out roses to them,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police are urging the public to not participate in a campaign organised by Jerit entitled “Rakyat Pergayuh Perubahan” (People For Change).

Deputy IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the unregistered organisation had kickstarted the campaign on Dec 3 in Kedah, Penang, Selangor, Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan.

He said the campaign would cap off on Dec 18 with the handing over of a memorandum in Parliament. Ismail said the organisation needed to apply for police permits to hold gatherings and parades.

“Because these activities do not have police permits, those taking part are committing an offence,” he said, adding that some political parties were exploiting the campaign for their own interests.

seals: pssst..... was the UiTM students applied via a registered body? Don't you know the students are under the College and University Act? How come they were issued a permit in 2 hours?

We have seen much too long.... when it is not from BN you will never get a permit.

So you are not keen in answering the incident but you are talking about the expedition?

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