PETALING JAYA: The Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) today denied The Star’s claim that it had confirmed with the organisation its expose on a former telco CEO who had purportedly molested his own children.
In a statement, WAO said it had only confirmed with the English daily, with the mother’s consent, that it had provided services to her.
“We did not provide any other information or confirm any details of the case due to confidentiality,” it said in the statement, adding that confidentiality is of utmost importance in providing services to all their clients.
They said this in response to The Star’s defence of its article in which the daily said it stood by its reporting and “had reviewed documents and recordings, confirming the reports with the police, the Women’s Aid Organisation and the Social Welfare Department before running its story”.
The Star had on Saturday run a story claiming that former telco CEO Jason Lo had allegedly molested his children based on police reports filed by his wife, who made the accusations.
The daily also reported, based on a counselling session which was recorded on video, what Lo purportedly did to his children.
The musician has since denied the report and questioned The Star’s motive for reporting the matter and criticised the daily for “indecently and irresponsibly” printing a front-page story which he said had omitted key facts. He has also threatened legal action.
WAO also went on to remind the media that Section 15 of the Child Act states that all particulars that could lead to the identification of any child should not be published.
It also pleaded for the public to stop discussing the details of the case.
“All of us, including those closest to the children, have the responsibility of protecting the children from breach of privacy that arises from the publication and dissemination of information that could identify the children,” it said, adding that a violation of this right will have “a damaging impact on the children”.
The public, it added, should be mindful of the privacy of the children, their best interests and dignity when discussing such cases.