Sg Siput MP denies sexual harassment allegations

PETALING JAYA: Sungai Siput MP Kesavan Subramaniam (pic) says he is the MP accused of sexual harassment by a woman who claims to be his former aide.

However, the PKR lawmaker has denied the allegations, claiming it was the woman who had first made advances towards him instead.

In a media statement issued on Saturday (May 18), Kesavan said he was contacted by the woman two years ago when she offered to be a volunteer when he was the Hutan Melintang state assemblyman in Perak.

"When I became the MP for Sungai Siput, she told me that she wanted to assist me as a volunteer," he said, adding that she was married with children.

"At that time, she behaved like a friend to my wife and me … She even invited my wife and I to go on a holiday with her in Melaka," he claimed.

However, Kesavan claimed the woman began calling him on the phone every day and would get angry with him if he did not answer her calls.

He claimed that the woman also started spreading malicious stories about his wife.

"In September 2018, I began to feel uneasy with the woman's behaviour," he said.

He claimed that this was the time that the woman "changed from a person who wanted to be a friend, to a person who began to have feelings for me".

Kesavan alleged the woman also started harassing other PKR leaders to "complain of my attitude of distancing myself from her".

"He (the PKR leader) advised me to lodge a police report and I lodged a report in early May with regard to the woman's harassment and pressure," he said.

Kesavan added that he and his wife had made a record of the woman's messages.

"If I were really harassing her sexually as alleged, why is she still calling me repeatedly every day since early this month," he said.

Kesavan said he did not want to raise the issue before as he felt sorry for the woman.

"I will give my statement to the authorities and provide them my full cooperation in their investigations, including handing over evidence of harassment to destroy my household," he added.

Kesavan said he was happily married and would not jeopardise it by having an affair.

His explanation comes in wake of a police report lodged by a woman, claiming that a lawmaker had sexually harassed her.

In her report, she claimed that the first-term MP had addressed her with endearment and even showed her the Kamasutra – an ancient Indian text on sexuality and eroticism as well as other pornographic images.

Police in Selangor have confirmed the report lodged by the woman and are investigating the allegations.

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