Bintulu MP urges Sarawak, Kelantan police to speed up search for teacher suspected of rape

Dato Sri Tiong King Sing

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KUCHING, Aug 12: Bintulu MP Dato Sri Tiong King Sing is urging the Sarawak and Kelantan police to work together to track down and arrest the a teacher who had allegedly raped several secondary school students in Bintulu.

Tiong said the suspect, a teacher, was accused of sexually assaulting and molesting several students in the secondary school he was working in and had been detained once to assist in an investigation.

“It was understood that the suspect was once called in to make a police statement, but he had accused the victim of making a false report. The suspect denied the allegations and was granted bail.

“The police then received another report from a second victim who claimed to have been groped in a music room in the school.

“Upon receiving that second report, the Bintulu CID chief issued a statement to gather information from the public about the suspect, as the suspect was believed to have escaped to Kelantan,” he said.

Tiong, who is also Dudong assemblyman, said this case has now become the focus of residents in Bintulu, especially among the Kayan community.

He said they were deeply affected by the unfortunate event as they felt as if their voices were not heard because a minority ethnic group was involved.

“I would also like to emphasise that this case has had a profound effect on me and I will not remain silent in ensuring that justice is served for the victims and the victims’ family members.

“I sympathise with what happened and will do my best to help the victims who are traumatised by this incident,” he said in a social post today.

While assuring that he would continue to monitor any further developments, Tiong hoped that the public would give space to the police force that are working hard to solve the case. — DayakDaily