Social media has been raving over a Member of Parliament allegedly molested a 15-year-old street performer in Perlis. Since then, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim had stepped forward to admit that he was the figure currently being investigated by the police over the alleged sexual harassment, Malay Mail reported.
According to the police report lodged by the teen busker against the Arau MP, she was told by her teacher that a former minister wanted to meet her after he saw her performance with a band at Stadium Tuanku Syed Putra.
She said that they both talked in a car and the former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department held her hand and caressed her shoulder, saying he would offer her RM4,000 to play a gig in Kuala Lumpur.
The unnamed singer claimed that she stormed out the car after being touched that way. She lodged the police report but it was later retracted.
However, Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohd said they would still investigate the matter under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.
In a bid to have his side of the story heard, the Arau MP clarified that he only invited the girl to the car because his legs failed him, FMT reported.
“There’s nothing more to it, it’s just that I couldn’t walk,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday (Oct 31).
Reading through a paper and hid under a pair of sunglasses, Shahidan said he was shocked to hear that the family of the victim lodged a report against him. He described the incident as a “misunderstanding”.
“They had withdrawn the report,” he said, “I’ve forgiven them because both parties have apologized to each other. I assured the girl’s family members that I treated all the busker group members just like my children and family members.”
“One of the buskers and their manager wanted to meet me. After handing over the assistance, I went back home,” added Shahidan, who was once the Menteri Besar of Perlis.
In today’s The Star report (Nov 1), sources revealed that the girl is a disabled person but it didn’t specify whether she is suffering from physical or mental disabilities.
When asked Shahidan what the conversation was between them inside his Toyota Harrier, he replied: “It is all in my police report; the police are investigating so I cannot divulge more.”
A similar response was given when reporters asked him whether the driver was in the car.
“There is a report lodged.
“Let’s be fair and let the police investigate. Furthermore, the family has retracted the police report but you people re-opened it,” he continued.