Recognise stalking as domestic violence (The Malay Mail Online)

This article was published in The Malay Mail Online.

Stalking is not a crime in Malaysia

Stalking is not a crime in Malaysia. Image from PA.

After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe. Wherever she moved, her husband would look her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children at her house. She was being stalked. Worried, she lodged a police report, but she was not given protection. Soon after, while leaving work, Nina was attacked by two men – acquaintances of her ex-husband. They slashed her with a machete, scarring her cheek and cutting-off her thumb.

If Nina received protection after she had been stalked, her gruesome attack may have been prevented. Unfortunately for Nina, and thousands of Malaysians like her, stalking is not a crime in Malaysia. Continue reading


It’s a critical issue afflicting both genders, say NGOs (New Straits Times)

My comment in an article about men as victims of domestic violence:

WAO advocacy officer Yu Ren Chung said there was a need to improve how frontline police officers responded to DV reports.

“Every report must be taken seriously,” he said.

I must note, that when contacted by the reporter, I stressed that domestic violence is a gender based violence that primarily affects women. The article in entirety captured this somewhat, though the title did not.

Read the full article published in the New Straits Times on 18 November 2013. 



Religious issues may feature in UN review (The Sun Daily)

My comment in an article about issues that may arise at the Malaysian government’s review under the Universal Periodic Review process:

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) advocacy officer Yu Ren Chung, meanwhile, said the government has a long way to go on gender equality matters, but noted that some progress has been made in terms of human rights.

The improvements include the amendment last year to the Domestic Violence Act “which is seen quite positively”.

Yu however noted that enforcement on the ground has been poor.

Read the full article published in The Sun Daily on 8 October 2013.


Police searching for man who allegedly assaulted wife in lift (The Star)

My comment on the infamous video of a man beating his wife in an elevator in front of their children:

“The police must take action immediately in every case to prevent further abuse – and possibly death,” said Yu Ren Chung, an advocacy officer with the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO).

“In the past few months, three horrific deaths resulting from domestic violence have been highlighted in the media,” said Yu.

“Two of these women had made multiple police reports before they died, but did not get the protection they needed and deserved,” he said.

Yu said that even though some abuse cases may not leave visible injuries, the interpretation of “domestic violence” in the Domestic Violence Act 1994 also includes the threat of physical violence.

“It is important for her (the woman in the video), and others who face abuse, to know that it’s not their fault and that help is out there,” said Yu.

Yu says that WAO counsellors are ready to help and can be contacted at 03-7956 3488.

Read the full article published in The Star on 14 August 2013.