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Police Open Investigation Paper After Alleged Lewd Videos Of Celebrity Preacher Go Viral

One of the purported chat messages also show him sending obscene texts and photos of his genitals.

Cover image via Hari Anggara/Malay Mail & Telegram

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The police have opened an investigation paper after obscene videos and messages allegedly linked to a "well-known preacher" were exposed on Telegram recently

According to Malay Mail, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hassan said the investigation is being conducted under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace, as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for the soliciting and sharing of obscene content.

Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Abdul Jalil Hassan.

Image via Fariz Iswadi Ismail/Harian Metro

A check by SAYS found that the purported Telegram channel was made to gather evidence from victims who claimed they were sexually harassed by the preacher

The channel contains incriminating videos of a man masturbating, screenshots of online exchanges showing a man sending obscene texts and photos of his genitals, as well as police reports about the unwelcomed incidents.

The alleged victims reported that they were emotionally disturbed and angry that the preacher used his religious authority to harass and take advantage of them.

Screenshots of alleged conversations and photos sent to victims by the perpetrator.

Image via Telegram

The CID director assured that decisive action will be taken without compromise against any individual who intentionally threatens public order and safety

"Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) also advises the public to be smart, prudent, and not to use [social media] so as to bring public outrage, undermine national harmony, and jeopardise investigations," Abdul Jalil said in a statement on Thursday, 23 September, as quoted by Malay Mail.

He also urged anyone with information on the case to contact Classified Criminal Investigation Unit head Supt Junainah M Kasbolah, or investigating officer Inspector Mohd Khabir Mohd Afandi, at +603-22666071.

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: Weekdays (9.30am - 4.30pm)
Contact: +603-78770224
WhatsApp: +6016-2284221 | +6016-2374221
Email: [email protected]
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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]
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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]
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5. SABAH WOMEN'S ACTION-RESOURCE GROUP (SAWO)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9am to 2pm)
Contact: +6088-280200
Email: [email protected]
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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]
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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.

Malaysia is in a global minority of 13.5% of countries that lack essential legislation against sexual harassment:

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