Vietnam on Friday urged Malaysia to "strictly punish culprits" in the abduction and gang-rape of a 22-year-old Vietnamese tourist in Johor Bahru on Oct. 25.
Vietnam "strongly condemns all actions that harm the bodies and lives of Vietnamese citizens," Pham Thu Hang, deputy spokesperson of Vietnam's foreign ministry said at a press briefing.
Malaysia needs to "implement measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens" in the country, she said.
The Vietnamese tourist was allegedly abducted and gang-raped by three Malaysian men, including a policeman, local media reported. All three suspects were arrested.
Hang said the victim was sent to hospital for treatment and was asked to cooperate with local police during their investigation.
The Vietnamese Embassy is working closely with local authorities to verify information, she added.