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Bus Driver Allegedly Molests 21-Year-Old Passenger While She Was Sleeping On Express Bus

The victim claimed she was molested when the bus made a rest stop at 4am in Terengganu.

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Police have arrested a bus driver suspected of molesting a 21-year-old female passenger while she was sleeping in an early morning express bus from Kelantan to Melaka

Melaka criminal investigation department chief ACP Lim Meng Seah said the victim claimed she was molested by the 27-year-old suspect when the bus made a rest stop in Ajil, Terengganu at about 4am on Sunday, 8 May.

The police said the victim is a student at a teachers training college in Melaka.

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Melaka state executive councillor Akmal Saleh said he received a message on Facebook about the incident of sexual harassment, asking for help

"This morning at dawn, I received a message from a friend on Facebook regarding an incident that happened to an acquaintance while returning to Melaka," he said in a statement, as quoted by Bernama.

"The young victim was too afraid to call out for help and could only cry. So, I and some friends waited in Melaka to assist this girl."

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Lim said police arrested the suspect as soon as the bus arrived at the Melaka Sentral terminal a few hours later at about 10.30am

Based on initial information, the suspect is from Kota Tinggi, Johor, and was the second driver for the bus trip that morning.

He will be handed over to the Hulu Terengganu district police headquarters for further investigation.

Meanwhile, the victim made an official police report about the incident at the Melaka Sentral police station by noon.

Akmal Salleh stressed that the authorities take issues of outrage of modesty seriously and encouraged women not to remain silent to bring perpetrators of these sexual crimes to justice.

If you or someone you know may be at risk or has experienced sexual abuse or assault, please reach out to these Malaysian organisations:

1. WOMEN'S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
Operating hours: 24-hour
Contact: +603-30008858
SMS/WhatsApp: +6018-9888058
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2. ALL WOMEN'S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9.30am - 5.30pm)
Contact: +603-78770224
WhatsApp/Telegram: +6016-2284221 | +6016-2374221
Email: [email protected]
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3. WOMEN'S CENTRE FOR CHANGE PENANG (WCC PENANG)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm)
Contact: +604-2280342 | +604-3988340
WhatsApp: +6011-31084001 | +6016-4180342
Email: [email protected]
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4. SARAWAK WOMEN FOR WOMEN SOCIETY (SWWS)
Operating hours: Monday (7pm - 9pm),Tuesday to Thursday (9.30am - 11.30am), Saturday (2pm - 4pm)
Contact: +6082-368853
SMS/WhatsApp: +6016-5822660 | +6013-8044285
Email: [email protected]
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5. SABAH WOMEN'S ACTION-RESOURCE GROUP (SAWO)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm)
Contact: +6088-280200 | +6011-27908020
Email: [email protected]
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6. PROTECT AND SAVE THE CHILDREN (PS THE CHILDREN)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (3pm - 12am)
WhatsApp: +6016-7213065
Email: [email protected]
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7. INTERNET WATCH FOUNDATION (IWF)
Anonymously and confidentially report child sexual abuse content and non-photographic child sexual abuse images with IWF's Reporting Portal.

This year alone has seen several incidents of assault and harassment towards women in Malaysia:

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