KUCHING – Sarawak has emulated Sabah in banning convicted serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah from entering the state.
State Immigration director Ken Leben said the state authorities had instructed the department to bar Selva Kumar from entering the state with immediate effect.
Several state and political party leaders urged the state government on Tuesday to impose the ban.
They included Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, Minister of Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, national PKR Wanita vice-president Voon Shiak Ni, and Sarawak United People’s Party secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting Chew Yew.
Selva Kumar returned to Malaysia Tuesday after completing his 24-year jail sentence in Canada on 19 counts of sexual assault, 28 counts of administering noxious substances, 10 counts of various assaults, and a dozen other charges.
On Tuesday, Sabah chief minister Datuk Musa Aman said Selva was ‘persona non grata’ as far as Sabah was concerned.
But Sabah PKR chief, Christina Liew went one step further, reminding the government that Selva can enter the state through the back door, via Labuan, and want this entry point monitored.
In JOHOR BAHRU, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Selva Kumar has agreed to be monitored by the police although he is not required by law to report regularly to them.
He said Selva Kumar, 56, who was deported to Malaysia from Canada on Tuesday, was in the Klang Valley and the police knew where he would be staying.
“We will monitor him. Malaysian law does not allow us to arrest him, but he has agreed to have the police monitor him,” he said to reporters.
In GEORGE TOWN, Penang police chief Chuah Ghee Lye said Selva Kumar had served his sentence for his crimes and is now a free man.
Police cannot restrict his movements or detain the man, dubbed ‘Canada’s worst rapist’, unless he does something wrong.
“There are no provisions that say we can simply detain him. To detain a person under the law, he or she must have committed a crime.
“If there is a report against him, we will investigate, given his past record.
“But we cannot ban him from coming to Penang if he wishes. He is a citizen of the country,” he told reporters.
And in KUALA LUMPUR, the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) said the ex-convict should be allowed to reform himself
The New Straits Times quoted MCPF vice-president Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye as saying that the 56-year-old had served his sentence and should be given a chance, though the police should monitor his movements at all times.
“He has served his sentence and should be given a chance to turn over a new leaf,” he reportedly said.
“People may be concerned about their safety now that he has returned to the country. This is why police should monitor him at all times,” he added.