Holiday in Langkawi turns to nightmare for woman who was nearly raped

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  • Thursday, 30 Nov 2017

A file pic of Langkawi's iconic eagle statue that greets visitors as they approach the island by ferry.

LANGKAWI: What was supposed to have been a relaxing holiday turned into a nightmare for a woman who claims to have been the victim of an attempted rape.

The woman, who posted about her ordeal on Facebook, said that she checked into the resort in Padang Matsirat here on Tuesday (Nov 28) and that the incident took place the next day.

She wrote that she was just getting ready for a jog and lay on the bed checking her handphone when she noticed a shirtless man in her unit.

She said that the assailant pounced on her and a scuffle ensued.

The woman, from Selangor, claimed that when she was horrified when she asked the man what he wanted, and he replied, “I want you”.

“After I heard this ‘I want you’ I started to defend myself by struggling, pushing and punching,” she said, adding that she yelled for help.

The woman said after a few minutes in this struggle, the man pushed her into the bathroom, closed the door, and fled.

She added that she phoned the reception and that the hotel sent a man who looked similar to her assailant, to pick her up in a buggy.

She checked out from the resort at about 8.30am, taking the blood-stained bedsheet as evidence for a police report.

A police report was lodged about 10am on Wednesday at the Kuala Teriang police station and the woman was sent for a medical check-up.

Langkawi district police chief Asst Comm Dr Che Ghazali Che Awang said a suspect, aged 17, has been nabbed in a probe into the incident.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code for assault or use of criminal force with the intention to outrage modesty, and Section 448 for trespassing.

“We are in the midst of investigating the matter and are currently in the process of obtaining a remand order,” he said.

The woman could not be contacted for further comment.

The operator of the resort said that he was in Kuala Lumpur at the time of the incident and was on the way back to Langkawi.

“I am not sure of what actually happened and will be going back to get the actual picture,” he told The Star.

As for the suspect, the operator said that he would need to obtain the facts from the resort's Human Resources Department.

On claims by the woman that there were only security cameras at the resort's lobby and nowhere else on the premises, the operator said it was a matter of privacy.

On other allegations made by the victim, he said it was only fair for him to get a clearer picture once he is back in Langkawi and had spoken to his staff members.


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