On 24 April, actor Datuk Aliff Syukri posted a video on Instagram of him rubbing ointment on his 9-year-old daughter's back after beating her with a cane
"Today, I had to hit her with a cane because I want her to understand the meaning of a girl's dignity," he wrote in the post's caption.
He explained that she had taken off her hijab in front of a man she did not know.
The Instagram video has garnered over 90,000 views at the time of writing.
"I want my daughter to be the best, to be religious, and know how to protect her honour," he wrote
Acknowledging that the 9-year-old may not have understood due to her young age, he maintained that it is his responsibility to "protect her aurat."
"I hope that she learned from her mistakes," he added.
In the video, the celebrity asked his distressed daughter to keep quiet as he put ointment and blew on her wounds.
After he finished, he asked the child to kiss him.
Appalled at his actions, netizens called the actor out for hurting the 9-year-old and shaming her on his social media for his 3 million followers to see
On 30 April, a non-governmental organisation lodged a police report against Aliff on the basis that his actions constituted physical abuse
The police report was lodged by Protect and Save The Children (P.S. The Children), a member of the Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM), The Star reported.
"His caning of his daughter constitutes egregious physical abuse and is an offence under Section 31 of the Child Act, as well as under the Domestic Violence Act," Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM) said in a statement.
"Such conduct also violates his daughter's rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Malaysia acceded to in 1995, and the principles of which we are obligated to uphold," CRCM added.