Preda­tor’s vic­tim files re­port

Soup kitchen vol­un­teer comes for­ward, po­lice seek­ing more vic­tims

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By AUSTIN CAMOENS austin@thes­

SHAH ALAM: “You look ma­ture but very young.” That was how a soup kitchen vol­un­teer sparked a con­ver­sa­tion with a teenage girl on so­cial me­dia.

Se­lan­gor po­lice have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case fol­low­ing an ex­posé by The Star re­cently and are look­ing for more teenagers who might have been groomed by him.

Se­lan­gor CID chief Se­nior Asst Comm Fadzil Ah­mat said po­lice had re­ceived one re­port so far.

“We re­ceived a re­port from a 13-year-old stu­dent at the Batu 9 Cheras po­lice sta­tion on Nov 8.

“The girl claims that in July 2017, be­tween 3pm and 4pm, while she was at a ca­nine swim­ming cen­tre in Ulu Lan­gat, she met the sus­pect in his 30s,” he said when con­tacted.

He added that the girl had gone there with her fa­ther to learn firstaid from vol­un­teers of an NGO.

“Af­ter two days, the man sent sev­eral mes­sages to her through so­cial me­dia, say­ing that the girl looked grown up for her age.

“The man also in­vited the girl out for a meal but she de­clined,” said SAC Fadzil.

“Since then, the man has been con­stantly send­ing mes­sages to the girl, ask­ing how she is,” he said, adding that the case was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 12 of the Sex­ual Of­fences Against Chil­dren Act for child groom­ing.

He said any­one found guilty of such crimes could face a max­i­mum five-year jail term and whip­ping.

The ex­posé be­gan when Kem­bara Kitchen founder Wil­liam Cheah felt some­thing amiss when a 14-yearold soup kitchen vol­un­teer told him she did not want to work with a spe­cific 36-year-old male vol­un­teer.

Af­ter some prod­ding, the girl showed Cheah Face­book mes­sages from the man call­ing her his “lit­tle sis­ter” and “princess”, and re­peat­edly ask­ing to meet her in per­son.

She was not the first teenage girl he had con­tacted.

In an­other mes­sage in­volv­ing a 19-year-old vol­un­teer, the man re­peat­edly asked to meet the girl de­spite nu­mer­ous ob­jec­tions from her.

On Wed­nes­day, af­ter Cheah ex­posed the man’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate mes­sages on Face­book, at least 10 women stepped for­ward re­veal­ing that they had been ha­rassed by the same man for over 15 years, go­ing as far back as 2003.

The man, who is an ex­ec­u­tive with a build­ing man­ag­ing com­pany, de­ac­ti­vated his Face­book pro­file when Cheah’s ex­posé went vi­ral.

SAC Fadzil urged wit­nesses and vic­tims who have faced a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to come for­ward im­me­di­ately. Those with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the po­lice hot­line at 03-2052 9999 or visit the near­est po­lice sta­tion.

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