A British academic booking into a budget hotel in Malaysia with his wife and child was horrified by the view – not the view from the window, but the view of the receptionist’s television screen.
Instead of looking at booking information on the screen, the check-in receptionist was allegedly watching child pornography.
The 24-year-old academic marched out of the hotel in Malacca, went straight to Melaka Tengah police headquarters and lodged a complaint, telling police how he had been confronted by the horrific video in which a baby boy was seemingly being sexually assaulted by an elderly man.
Police acted swiftly and arrested a Bangladeshi national, Malaysia’s Star Online news outlet reported.
The Star’s report quoted a senior government official, State Private Sector Affairs, Human Resources and NGO Affairs committee chairman, Datuk M.S. Mahadevan, saying he had been briefed about the incident.
Mahadevan said he planned to meet the suspect’s employer and move to have the man’s work permit cancelled once police had completed their investigation.
“I was told this was not the first time the Bangladeshi watched child pornography. His fetish could pose risk to children staying at the hotel,” Mahadevan said.
Mahadevan suggested the dragnet might widen to cover the indecent behaviour of foreigners working at eateries, who were “being cheeky” to female patrons, and rude foreign security guards.
Such incidents could smear the reputation of the local tourism industry, Mahadevan warned.
“There have been a slew of complaints, and we need to call all employers for a roundtable talk. They have to train their foreign workers on our culture.”
An estimated 2.1 million registered foreign workers are living in Malaysia, along with 1.7 million illegal foreign workers. The migrants, mostly from Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh, work mainly at construction sites, palm plantations, vegetable farms and restaurants, according to a report in the Singapore Straits Times. Some work in the tourism industry.
In February, Malaysia and Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which Malaysia reportedly agreed to receive 1.5 million workers in stages over the next three years.
Written by Peter Needham