‘We are not worried about individuals, their status, ambitions, and personal projections!
We are addressing the impact of NFAs on those coming forward to register violence on them.’
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE NFAS – MPs URGED TO RAISE QUESTIONS AND CLARITY INCLUDING STATISTICS AND REASONS WHY AT PARLIAMENT THIS SESSION?
Malaysians from all walks of life and in particular domestic violence victims must be surprised that there has been a total of 9,015 cases reported of domestic violence since the movement control order (MCO) was first enforced in March 2020!
This fact was expressed by women, family and community development minister Rina Harun who I believe was citing data from the police, that 5,260 cases were reported throughout 2020,
Strangely to the minister who gives the impression that the silver bullet is the Talian Kasih hotline at 15999 or by WhatsApp at 019-2615999 as that facility is reported to be available 24 hours a day as a single point of contact for all communications to channel complaints and acquire advice.
And that it facilitates callers to access any form of aid provided by the ministry, including psycho-social services.
But what is absent in the response is the state of those complains to date, CASSA MALAYSIA asks!
If Police reports, medical evidence procured and investigations continuing or finished what is the state of those been prosecuted or chargers filed to date?
And how many among those cases are reported as NFA (No Further Action) for reasons best known to those whose shoulders lays the responsibility.
And how many from that same statistics was still born of dead on arrival despite a big show of procedural drama because certain conduits were more obsessed with success and KPIs?
Can we have that information please?
If the minister had really the vision the professionalism and the empathy I am certain the questions I had raised would have been facilitated at Parliament so that not just the August house but the nation and most importantly domestic violence victims would know whether there is really a sense of dedication, commitment, accountability and daring by those investigating and those responsible for prosecution!
So just to make certain that this is addressed I reached out to several Members of Parliament from both political divides to raise these pertinent issues.
I am certain that more than statistics, we need to know what is the actual status of the investigations, how many prosecuted, how many pending prosecution, what’s holding up the investigations, and most importantly the number of NFAs and why?
DPPs cannot and should not play god!
This is not a KPI matter where one decides on the merits based on whether success is an outcome?
And the impact of failure on any individual therein in the process.
We are not worried about individuals, their status, ambitions, and personal projections!
We are addressing the impact of NFAs on those coming forward to register violence on them.
This is not the throw of a dice to decide what is prosecuted and what is NFA.
We must be accountable and state out in the open and public interest cannot be sidestepped or sidelined!
I sincerely hope our MPs those I reached out to would not shy away from their duty of care at Parliament as our representatives?