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Federal Agency Director Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting A Female Employee

It has been alleged that the government agency director tried to use his position, influence, and religion to exert control over the victim.

Cover image via New Straits Times & The Straits Times

A director of a federal government agency based in Selangor has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting his staff

According to New Straits Times, the director, aged 35, was on Saturday, 13 February, called to the South Klang district headquarters for investigation over the allegations made by his subordinate, aged 29.

The alleged sexual assault took place in one of the rooms in the office at 2am on Tuesday, 9 February.

South Klang district police chief ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli said that he received the report on 12 February at about 10.30am after the woman filed a complaint at the Pandamaran police station, reported The Star.

According to ACP Shamsul, the director was arrested at about 9am yesterday, shortly after he was called in to assist in the investigation of the case, Sinar Harian reported.

South Klang district police chief ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli.

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It has been alleged that the government agency director tried to use his position, influence, and religion to exert control over the victim

In the 2am incident on Tuesday, he had reportedly asked the woman to make him a drink before telling her to remove her scarf and massage him, justifying to her that it is all part of her official duties.

New Straits Times and Harian Metro reported that the man then persuaded her to become his secretary or risk losing her position in the agency, besides asking her to swear on the Quran to keep his actions secret.

The 35-year-old director then asked her to enter the asset room at the office and told her strip down before demanding that she "satisfy him", the English newspaper reported while citing sources.

When she refused, he slapped her, causing her to fall.

He then forced her to perform oral sex and slapped her again when she shouted for help.

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Image via New Straits Times

He is said to have recorded the incident on his mobile

He used the recording to threaten disciplinary action if the victim reported the matter to the authorities.

However, the victim, while traumatised, lodged a police report at the Pandamaran police station.

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

Upon conviction, the punishment carries imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years or with fine or with whipping or with any two of such punishments.

These Malaysian organisations aim to help survivors of rape and sexual assault:

1. WOMEN'S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
Operating hours: 24-hour
Contact: +603-79563488
SMS/WhatsApp: +6018-9888058
Website | Facebook | Twitter

2. ALL WOMEN'S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM)
Operating hours: Weekdays (9.30am - 4.30pm)
Contact: +603-78770224
WhatsApp: +6016-2284221 | +6016-2374221
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

3. WOMEN'S CENTRE FOR CHANGE PENANG (WCC PENANG)
Operating hours: Weekdays (9am - 5pm)
Contact: +604-2280342 | +604-3988340
WhatsApp: +6011-31084001 | +6016-4390698
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

4. SARAWAK WOMEN FOR WOMEN SOCIETY (SWWS)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9am to 5.30pm)
Contact: +6082-422660
SMS/WhatsApp: +6013-8044285
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

5. SABAH WOMEN'S ACTION-RESOURCE GROUP (SAWO)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9am to 2pm)
Contact: +6088-280200
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

6. PROTECT AND SAVE THE CHILDREN (PS THE CHILDREN)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (8.30am to 5.30pm)
Contact: +6016-2273065 | +6016-7213065
WhatsApp: +6016-7213065
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

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

Meanwhile, the integrity department of PDRM is investigating multiple cases of police officers abusing their powers and harassing women:

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