GEORGE TOWN: A mother has claimed a man masturbated in front of her and her two young children at a restaurant on China Street Ghaut here on Sunday.
Vevelyn Tan, 33, an expatriate from the Philippines, described in detail her ordeal when she, her husband, 42, and two children, aged six and three, arrived at the restaurant for a pizza.
The restaurant is inside the Penang Science Cafe, a state government-backed public space for all to cultivate interest among Penangites about science, technology, engineering and maths. It also has a playing area for children.
Tan said at 11.25am, a man wearing a black singlet, white pants and a beanie cap came into the restaurant and began loitering nearby.
While her husband was away from the table ordering food at the counter, the man came behind her chair with his pants down.
“I was so focused playing with my son that I was startled when the guy came close to me.
“I moved a bit and that’s when I noticed that his pants were down and he was masturbating in view of four children!
“When he saw me looking, he said: ‘Thank you, I love you.’
“It freaked me out and the first thing I did was to grab my son and my daughter and run towards my husband,” she said in her post.
When contacted, Tan told FMT that checks on the CCTV showed the man had been loitering inside the cafe since 9am.
“My daughter, six, told me the guy kept looking at her when we were not around and ordering our food.
“I’m horrified, thinking the bad things that could have happened if we had let our kids play alone in that ‘safe area’.”
Tan said the cafe’s owners were kind enough to help her contact the police and helped her view the CCTV footage of the man.
She said, unfortunately, most of the footage of the man was blurred, with the view obstructed by walls and other objects.
“We stayed at the cafe until about 1pm, waiting for the police to come.
“But, unfortunately, it was a Sunday and the policeman told the cafe manager and the science cluster (on the phone) that since the criminal was not in the premises, they will not pursue the matter,” Tan told FMT.
She plans to lodge a police report.
Penang police have been contacted for comment.