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UiTM Lecturer Who Allegedly Sexually Harassed A Student Demands She Issue A Public Apology

The student has also launched a petition, urging UiTM to take action against the lecturer and fire him.

Cover image via TOK NAL & Farah Azuin/Change.org

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A former University Technology Mara (UiTM) student, who lodged a police report against her lecturer for allegedly sexually harassing her, says the lecturer has now cautioned her with a defamation lawsuit

Farah, the former UiTM student, shared that she received a letter of demand from the lecturer's lawyers over the week.

According to her, the letter of demand stated that Farah would have to issue a public apology to the lecturer on the basis of defamation, in addition to paying compensation to the lecturer.

In a tweet, Farah shared that her lawyers will be handling and replying to the letter of demand and hopes that things will go smoothly as she quotes, "There is no turning back now."

Farah has consented to SAYS embedding her tweets for this story.

This comes after Farah went public with her traumatic experience at the hands of the lecturer in a series of tweets last month

She went on to detail how the lecturer allegedly had her answer incredibly intimate and inappropriate questions about herself under the guise of a survey.

According to Farah, the lecturer claimed he was conducting the survey for research purposes.

After she came out with her story, other alleged victims of the lecturer reached out to Farah and shared their own experiences with her. However, as of now, Farah is the only alleged victim that has made a police report against the lecturer and has since obtained representation for her case.

Farah then filed a petition on Change.org, seeking to have the lecturer fired

The lecturer is still employed at UiTM and has yet to have any action taken against him, Change.org representatives, who have been assisting Farah in her case, told SAYS.

In her petition description, she wrote, "Despite mounting evidence of this lecturer's abuse of power and sexual misconduct, UiTM Johor continues to employ him and has not reprimanded him for his actions. Because of that, he has been harassing and assaulting his students at UiTM Johor since 2006 and continues to do so."

The description ended with Farah urging UiTM Johor to terminate the lecturer so that he would no longer be able to continue harming other students.

"I just want to stop him from harming other young women out there who are innocent and seeking an education for a brighter future. Instead, he continues to traumatise so many young girls and ruin their lives with his predatory actions," Farah wrote.

The petition, which was filed on 20 August, has since amassed over 8,000 signatures.

Farah hopes to reach 10,000 signatures soon to ensure enough pressure will be placed on UiTM Johor to terminate the lecturer.

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: Weekdays (9.30am - 4.30pm)
Contact: +603-78770224
WhatsApp: +6016-2284221 | +6016-2374221
Email: [email protected].org.my
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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

Read the full story and details on Farah's case below:

Back in 2021, 15 students from UiTM were allegedly sexually harassed by a lecturer, and they took to social media reveal their experiences:

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