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Police Say They've Arrested A Man Who Has Been Sexually Harassing Women In Tamarind Square

Multiple women have taken to social media after they were victimised by the alleged serial molester.

Cover image via @Twt_Cyberjaya (Twitter) & Bernama

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Earlier today, 6 April, authorities apprehended a man who has been allegedly sexually harassing multiple women at the parking lot of Tamarind Square in Cyberjaya, according to Sepang district police

The Vibes reported Sepang district police chief ACP Wan Kamarul Azran Wan Yusof as confirming the arrest.

"[I] was just informed [the] suspect has been arrested, Alhamdulillah," Wan Kamarul was quoted as saying.

This comes after police had launched a manhunt for the molester, who allegedly groped and molested two women within 15 minutes in the parking lot and second-floor lobby of the mall on Tuesday, 5 April.

One of the victims, a 27-year-old woman, was groped when the man offered to "help" her as she was loading items into her car

When the victim lodged a police report, they were informed that the Tamarind Square management has been silent about the issue, according to the victim's friend, who took to social media to recount their experience.

The victim's friend also claimed that the police had requested them to withdraw the report as there was not enough evidence. However, her friend insisted on keeping the report.

In another case that took place just minutes after the first one, it involved a 34-year-old woman who was waiting for the elevator on the second floor when the man grabbed her from the back and molested her.

"Both cases were committed by the same suspect. The man was also described as having dark hair, a dark complexion, and squint eyes. The victims had never met him before," Wan Kamarul had said yesterday.

Broadcast journalist Tehmina Kaoosji had called out the authorities for their lack of action.

Meanwhile, Wan Kamarul had earlier said that while images of the man were caught by nearby closed-circuit television (CCTV), police chose to not share the images so as to not jeopardise investigations

"We chose against sharing images of the alleged suspect to avoid him possibly absconding," he said in a statement while adding that there was another similar case that took place there last year.

Image via Bernama

Tamarind Square, on the other hand, has released a statement

In the statement posted on the mall's Facebook page, the management stated that they are providing full cooperation to the authorities and will work harder to increase the security around the mall's premises.

"Together with the assistance from our local authorities, we will do everything that we can to ensure this issue will be curbed and such incidents do not reoccur on our premises. We deeply regret any distress this may have caused the victims and our patrons. We look forward to serving you better in the future," it said.

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
Website | Facebook | Twitter

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]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

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]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

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]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

5. SABAH WOMEN'S ACTION-RESOURCE GROUP (SAWO)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm)
Contact: +6088-280200 | +6011-27908020
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

6. PROTECT AND SAVE THE CHILDREN (PS THE CHILDREN)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (3pm - 12am)
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.

In December last year, a 31-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by an unknown man in the parking lot of Tamarind Square: