Malaysia cops warn revellers to stay safe at year-end parties

Malaysia cops warn revellers to stay safe at year-end parties
Revellers celebrating in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur on New Year’s Eve last year.

PETALING JAYA - As parties to mark the end of the year gain momentum, police have warned revellers, especially women, to stay safe.

Bukit Aman principal assistant director of the Sexual Crimes, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Investigations Division (D11) Asst Comm Hamidah Yunus said the police had recorded many cases in which women were victims of sexual assaults after attending parties.

She said in most cases, women were sexually assaulted by fellow party-goers, whom they had met for the first time.

"In some of the incidents, the assailants spiked the drinks of the women. They would be taken advantage of after becoming drowsy.

"We have such cases of women being robbed, molested or even raped," she told The Star yesterday.

ACP Hamidah said a basic rule to follow was not to leave any drinks unattended.

Common sense tips for party-goers

She said it was also risky for women to follow their new acquaintances to other parties.

"Women who are separated from people they are familiar with will be more vulnerable to being victimised," she said, adding that they should also tell their family and friends where they were going.

ACP Hamidah said women should not be too trusting of those they only met for the first time at such parties or those they had just befriended through social media sites.

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