Sunday, October 20, 2019

AG asked to explain dismissal of tahfiz sex abuse


AG Tommy Thomas 

MCA demands AG explain why tahfiz sex assault case dropped

MCA is demanding an explanation from Attorney-General Tommy Thomas following his recent move to dismiss a case of alleged sexual abuse against a tahfiz school student.

MCA spokesperson Chan Quin Er questioned what prompted Thomas to use his discretionary powers to discontinue the proceedings, despite the Magistrate's Court in Ipoh acknowledging that an offence did take place.

Chan Quin Er 

"Thomas is urged to provide solid explanations as to why he ordered the case to be dropped.

"We hope he can comprehend the humiliation and emotional trauma that will haunt a sexually violated minor for the rest of his life. It is not only the child who is afflicted but the parents too," Chan said in a statement today.

She also said that Thomas' meddling had damaged the credibility of the attorney general's post and the Attorney-General's Chambers.

On Monday, the Malay Mail reported that the court dismissed the case involving a minor at a tahfiz school in Manjoi after the Perak State Legal Adviser’s Office presented a letter detailing Thomas' directive to discontinue proceedings.

victim at tahfiz school & mum 

This was in line with his powers as provided by Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution.

The decision came despite the court acknowledging on August 7 that an offence did take place in the case following a complaint by the victim's mother on that day under Section 377E and Section 14(a) of the more recent Sexual Offences Against Children Act.

The mother had previously lodged police reports in 2016 alleging that her son, who was nine years old at the time, was sexually abused together with other students by their seniors at the tahfiz school.

However, police reportedly told the mother there would be no further action in the case, prompting her to eventually filing a complaint with the court.

Her son, who is now 13, is reportedly still undergoing therapy to overcome his trauma.

The mother is reportedly planning a civil lawsuit over the matter.

Elias Kazim 

The tahfiz school was previously owned by popular preacher Kazim Elias, who gave up his ownership due to dwindling enrolments.


  1. Sigh....if only MCA was as vigilant and vocal when former AG Apandi ceremoniously declared Jibby innocent of any 1MDB crime......

  2. AG's response......

    AG responds to claim he ordered dismissal of tahfiz sexual abuse case
    Published: 21 Oct 2019
    Attorney-General Tommy Thomas today responded to criticism against him for purportedly instructing the sexual abuse case involving a religious school student in Perak to be dismissed.

    Clarifying the matter, Thomas said he had never issued such an instruction.

    However, he confirmed that the Perak Prosecution Office did send a letter to the magistrate to explain that the magistrate had erred in invoking Section 133 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which allows a magistrate to examine a complainant.

    Thomas said Section 133 can only be invoked if police had failed to conduct an investigation.

    He added that police had investigated the matter twice but concluded that there was not enough evidence, resulting in the case to be classified as "No Further Action".

    It was in this context, he said, that the examination under Section 133 was dismissed.