18 May 2019
KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 ― Faced with a she said-he said case, Selangor police will scrutinise several key people over allegations of sexual harassment involving a Perak MP.
“The case is being investigated under Section 354 and Section 509 of the Penal Code. Several witnesses are being investigated before any further action is taken,” Selangor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said in a statement today.
The senior policeman also elaborated on the woman this time. Without disclosing her name, he said she is 47 years old and of Indian ethnicity and is said to be a former research officer and an ex-treasurer of the Sungai Siput PKR branch who filed a complaint on May 16, claiming to have been molested by a man said to be an MP several times since December 2018.
Two conflicting accounts have emerged.
Earlier today, national news agency Bernama reported Fadzil saying a woman had filed a police complaint against an unnamed Perak federal lawmaker for alleged sexual harassment by showing her pornographic images and illustrations from the Kama Sutra book.
Hours later, Sungai Siput MP S. Kesavan stepped up to publicly acknowledge that he is the Perak MP at the centre of the budding harassment controversy, but with a twist.
He accused the woman whom he described as a lawyer, married with two children and living in Puchong, Selangor of harassing him and his family and interfering with his parliamentary duties by making false and malicious allegations.
The first-term MP from PKR said he too had filed a police report against the woman and offered full cooperation in any investigation.
17 May 2019
PETALING JAYA: A woman who once worked for a PKR MP is claiming he harassed her repeatedly and has lodged a police report.
The woman, whose identity has been withheld, said in her police report she had worked for the MP as a parliamentary research officer since May 9 last year and was also a treasurer of a Perak PKR branch.
She claimed that the MP’s attitude towards her started changing between last December and April this year, when he resorted to calling her “ammu” and “cayang” during each of their meetings.
“Things started taking a turn for the worse when he started sending WhatsApp messages to me.
“I advised him to watch his conduct because he is a married man but he never listened and continued harassing me.
“I had to block his number because he kept calling me up to 50 times a day,” she said in a police report sighted by FMT.
The woman claimed that on each occasion, he would cry and give excuses that he was lacking affection and wished to find true love.
“I had, on several occasions, threatened to resign if he continued behaving that way. In December last year, I tendered my resignation through WhatsApp as I could no longer bear his constant sexual harassment.
“He came to my house in Puchong the following day, apologised to me and begged me to stay on.
“He also swore in front of my husband that he needed my help very much and promised to not repeat his actions,” she said.
However, at the end of April, she claimed he kept making video calls to her, showing the Kamasutra book and sending her obscene pictures.
“I lost my patience and immediately informed my husband, who asked me to quickly tender my resignation, which I did in a formal letter to the MP on April 30.
“I had to do so to save my marriage even though I was very much interested in the work I was doing as a parliamentary research officer, where I had helped resolve issues in the constituency within a short span of time,” she said.
The woman said she felt compelled to lodge the report as she was feeling traumatised.
“I hereby ask that the police investigate this criminal act of seducing another man’s wife with the intent of breaking apart a marriage.
A PKR lawmaker in Perak and a former party division treasurer in the state have filed police reports against each other.
In her report, sighted by Malaysiakini, the woman accused the first-term MP of sexual harassment. The latter, on the other hand, alleged that she subjected him to mental torture and trauma.
Malaysiakini is withholding the name of the MP pending comments from the PKR leadership on the matter. The portal has also contacted the MP and the woman for their response.
According to a source, the former treasurer, who is also a lawyer, lodged the report on May 16 claiming to have been sexually harassed by the MP since December.
The woman claimed she received text messages from the MP which read, “I love you, sayang.”
Apart from this, she also alleged that the MP often made video calls to her, showing a book on Kamasutra, an ancient Indian text on sexuality and eroticism, as well as pornographic images.
According to her, the sexual harassment started after she began working for the MP following the 14th general election and the latest incident occurred last month.
In her report, the woman said she had complained to her husband about the alleged harassment and tendered her resignation.
“The MP met me and my husband and apologised. He promised not to repeat his actions. But it (sexual harassment) did not stop,” she claimed.
The woman also filed a police report against a MIC central working committee (CWC) member, whom she accused of abetting the MP.
Meanwhile, the MP, in his May 4 police report, detailed how he suffered from mental torture and trauma due to the woman flooding him with phone calls.
When contacted, Wanita PKR chief Haniza Mohamed Talha told Malaysiakini the matter must be thoroughly investigated.
“Investigations must be conducted on the police report lodged by the complainant (against the lawmaker). Action must be taken based on the result of the probe,” she said, adding no one was above the law.