A Vietnamese woman who was raped and robbed in Malaysia in late January is recovering and will be discharged from hospital soon, according to Vietnam’s foreign ministry.
Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang told Tuoi Tre newspaper on Friday that the ministry has ordered the Vietnamese embassy in Kuala Lumpur to cooperate with local agencies there to investigate the crime and provide due protection for the 24-year-old victim.
Hang said Malaysian police are still searching for the two suspects.
“The embassy has asked Malaysia to deal with the matter strictly and to implement effective measures to ensure safety for Vietnamese citizens in Malaysia,” she said.
Nguyen Thi Hong Thuy, mother of the victim, told Thanh Nien on February 4 that two local men had broken into her daughter's room in Penang on January 27.
One ransacked the room for valuables while the other choked and raped her. Then they took turn to kick her before holding her head in a bucket of water until she passed out, Thuy said.
Hours later her roommate returned and rushed her to hospital.
The family, whose hometown is in the central province of Nghe An, is working in Malaysia.
The attack happened only one month after police in Malaysia arrested a local man suspected of killing a Vietnamese woman in a hotel room.
Malaysian police in January were also hunting for a local man who disappeared after his 20-year-old Vietnamese girlfriend was found dead with slash wounds on the neck.