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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Religious speaker faces Facebook molest taunt

New Straits Times | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR - A popular religious and motivational speaker has been drawn into the limelight over a controversial posting which accused him of molesting a woman.

The accusation, which was supposedly posted by the victim on her Facebook status, claimed that he had molested her and invited her to have sex with him in a hotel room.

However, the post by the woman did not include details such as the date, place and time.

Yesterday, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia (MJMM), unhappy with the woman's claim, lodged a police report urging police to conduct a thorough investigation into the posting.

The report was lodged by MJMM president Abdul Rani Kulup Abdullah at the Dang Wangi police headquarters here yesterday.

Speaking to reporters after lodging the report Rani said he wanted the religious speaker to come out in the open and deny the claim, if it was untrue.

"In the post, the woman had openly claimed that the man had molested her and even invited her to bed.

"It is very disturbing and we want him to come out in the open and deny this allegation."

Rani said such a claim should not surface, especially when it involved a religious speaker and scholar who has great influence in the country.

"We hope that the authorities will conduct a thorough investigation."

Rani urged the police, Home Affairs Ministry, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the Islamic Development Department to investigate the matter.

A spokesman for the religious speaker, when contacted, said he did not wish to make any statement but would be lodging a police report in Kuala Terengganu soon.

"It is an old issue. I really don't see the point in it being brought up again after three years," the spokesman said, adding that the issue might be politically motivated to tarnish the religious speaker's image.

 

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