Wo­man sounds alarm af­ter al­leged mo­lest dur­ing bus ride

New Straits Times - - News -

JO­HOR BARU: What was sup­posed to be a reg­u­lar 90-minute jour­ney back to her hometown turned into a night­mare for a 21year-old bus pas­sen­ger, when she was al­legedly mo­lested by a fel­low pas­sen­ger dur­ing the trip on Sun­day.

The vic­tim, who works as an ad­min­is­tra­tion staff in Sin­ga­pore, re­lated her or­deal through Face­book. It oc­curred when she and 12 other pas­sen­gers boarded an S&S In­ter­na­tional ex­press bus bound for Batu Pa­hat that had de­parted from Larkin Sen­tral, Jo­hor Baru at 5pm.

Call­ing her­self Xin Yan on Face­book, she claimed in her po­lice re­port that a 17-year-old male mo­lested her when she fell asleep about 6pm, as the bus was near­ing a rest area in Sim­pang Renggam.

She said she was seated in one of the back rows of the bus and the youth who ha­rassed her was seated be­hind her.

At first, Xin Yan said, she felt some­one touch­ing her hips.

“When I turned around, the man looked away. I fell asleep af­ter that.

“When we reached the Sim­pang Renggam rest area, I felt some­one touch­ing my breast.

“I was shocked when I saw the man, who had been sit­ting be­hind me, be­side me.

“The man re­turned to his seat, but I stood up, went to him and shouted ‘Apa you buat?’ (What did you do?). He said he was ad­just­ing the air con­di­tioner,” said the wo­man in her re­port.

The wo­man in­formed the 51year-old bus driver and with the help of other pas­sen­gers pre­vented the youth from alight­ing from the bus.

“When we reached the Air Hi­tam bus sta­tion, the man wanted to get off, but the driver and all the pas­sen­gers didn’t let him,” she said.

How­ever, the youth man­aged to es­cape through a rear emer­gency exit when the bus stopped in Parit Raja for another pas­sen­ger to alight.

For­tu­nately, mem­bers of the pub­lic gave chase, nabbed the youth and took him to a po­lice sta­tion.

Klu­ang po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mo­hamad La­ham said the youth, who is from Kam­pung Parit Sameon in Parit Raja, was ar­rested and would be re­manded un­til to­mor­row to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 354 of the Pe­nal Code for as­sault or use of crim­i­nal force against a per­son with in­tent to out­rage mod­esty.

Mean­while, S&S In­ter­na­tional Sdn Bhd’s Jo­hor branch su­per­vi­sor Zaidah Taib said the com­pany was co­op­er­at­ing with the po­lice.

“There were 13 pas­sen­gers on board the bus that could ac­com­mo­date 30 pas­sen­gers.

“It was not full and pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing the ar­rested youth, could have sat any­where. I was in­formed by the driver that the youth got on the bus at the last minute. He gave a wet and crum­pled ticket to the driver.

“The driver asked him about the ticket and how it got crum­pled so badly. The driver said he felt some­thing was amiss about the youth,” Zaidah told the New Straits Times.

She said it was the first time this kind of in­ci­dent had oc­curred and promised that the driver would also give his co­op­er­a­tion to the po­lice.

Xin Yan’s story has since gone vi­ral, with Ne­ti­zens ex­press­ing dis­gust at the way she was vic­timised.

Many also praised the ac­tions of the bus driver and other pas­sen­gers, say­ing that this was what Malaysia truly was about.

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