|WikiLeaks Finds Another Malaysian Scandal|
|Written by Our Correspondent|
|MONDAY, 03 JANUARY 2011|
Prominent UMNO stalwart allegedly raped his housemaid in 2007 but wasn't investigated
The latest round of WikiLeaks cables to embarrass Malaysia alleges that a "VVIP" later identified as Rais Yatim, the Information, Communications, and Culture Minister, raped his Indonesian maid in 2007, but got away with it because then-Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi apparently didn't want an embarrassing confrontation with the Indonesian government.
The 68-year-old Rais at the time was law minister in Badawi's cabinet. He has been a stalwart in United Malays National Party politics since at least 1978. Although the rape charges were passed to Badawi's office in 2007 and were well known to top government officials, it appears they were never investigated. Certainly, the charges didn't stop Badawi from naming him foreign affairs minister in 2008, nor did they stop Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak from naming him information minister in 2009.
However, on July 27of 2007, Rais did abruptly pull out of the running to become Commonwealth Secretary-General after the end of the previous secretary's reign in March 2008. He cited the conflict of his duties serving on the committee planning the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Malaysia's freedom from British colonialism. The complaint making the rounds appears to have been filed on July 23.
The lack of investigation of the case also prevents Rais from protesting his innocence. At this stage, lack of evidence would probably make the case almost impossible to prosecute, since it would end up with just the maid's word against Rais's.
Malaysia's blogosphere has caught fire over the allegations although Rais wasn't named as the alleged rapist until this weekend. A three-page Indonesian police report giving details of the maid's service in his home – with his name blanked out – has been making the rounds of the Internet since the middle of December.
It's sickening to read Asia Sentinel's scandalous report on Datuk Seri Rais Yatim's alleged crime. Asia Sentinel's credibility is questionable and they have this cunning (also burning) desire to paint us black, but why are we putting ourselves in such a situation.
Datuk Seri Rais Yatim is no ordinary man, he is a senior Minister in the Government of the day and holds a very important portfolio. The crime allegations against him are not petty either, its about a heinous act of rape.
God knows if the Minister is innocent or guilty but in the meantime could we have some clarity or rather clarification or explanation or denial or ...?
By virtue of being the Minister of Information, Communications & Culture, I'm sure Datuk Seri Rais Yatim knows how to come clean ... if he wishes to.
Certainly this issue is not going to be sidelined by "Pitting bloggers against one another".
Asia Sentinel's HALF-TRUTHS.
Where is the TRUTH, Sir?
p/s Minister, maybe you could start by sacking the dumb advisor or advisors..
p/s2 Asia Sentinel is so dumb to report that this issue was leaked by Wikileaks.