Police have now started investigations and have lodged a report on their own. The video clearly shows the woman standing naked in a room with some lockers to her right. The woman in uniform can be heard telling the woman in Bahasa Malaysia to pull her ears, squat and stand up. The naked woman did 10 ear squats. The second video clip is said to have been taken using a cellphone and has been widely circulated through the multimedia messaging service MMS over the past few days.
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Malaysia: Woman in nude squat video identified Straits Times Updated: The Malaysian authorities said yesterday they had identified a Chinese woman who was forced to strip and perform squats in police custody, but sought to keep her name a secret. A combination of video grabs from a mobile phone video clip shows a young Chinese woman after she was stripped at a police station in Malaysia. Mr Suhaimi refused to explain the move or clarify whether the Chinese woman is among 21 witnesses summoned to appear before a commission of legal experts and politicians appointed by the government to investigate whether police violated her rights. Video footage of the woman disrobing and doing squats in the presence of a female officer in a lock-up was secretly shot using a camera phone by an unidentified person and sent to an opposition lawmaker who went public with it last month. China's government has formally protested and urged action over the alleged mistreatment. But it remains unclear whether the woman is a Chinese national or a Malaysian ethnic Chinese. The video has stirred a public outcry in Malaysia about police procedures and bolstered long-standing claims by human rights activists that the authorities routinely mistreat detainees. Yesterday, a senior police official told the inquiry that ordering detainees to do squats has been a common practice over the past two decades to ensure people arrested were not hiding weapons, drugs or other banned objects. Police have found drugs and bullets using this procedure in the past, said Mohamad Hazam Abdul Halim, the police chief of Kuala Lumpur's Petaling Jaya district, where the woman was taken into custody.
The year-old, who wanted to be known as Lee, said she was first approached by a woman named Ting on WeChat on July 5. She said Ting then made another request and asked if she could take a photo of her buttocks and foot. Lee said Ting assured her that the photo would only be uploaded to a website in China and not in Malaysia. She added that she was offered RM35 for a photo of her foot with her face and RM80 for a photo of her buttocks and her foot, adding that she was offered to take a few naked photos and video which would pay her RM and RM, respectively. Lee said she has sent a total of 20 photos and five videos, which should have earned her RM15, However, she said she was not paid the RM15, and that Ting even requested for her to take a masturbation video.
Worse, the newspaper had to sack its top two editors to stave off suspension of its publishing license, leading to speculation that this could be the beginning of tough measures against the press in this country. On Nov 23, the newspaper published an exclusive story and photographs lifted from the video clip showing police forcing a young, naked woman to perform squats. But the paper also erroneously identified the victim as a Chinese national, sparking off a diplomatic row with Beijing. After Beijing lodged an official protest, Malaysia sent across a mission, headed by home minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid, to apologise for the mistreatment of its nationals. The reports of the video followed complaints by Chinese women visitors, held for visa violations, that they had been made to perform humilitating nude squats in custody. While China Press rectified the error the next day, the damage had been done and the Malaysian government was angered at being compelled to apologise.