Sabah woman links DAP to online harassment

A political dispute over the Likas quarantine centre has led to a police report about sexual harassment.

KOTA KINABALU: A political dispute over the Likas quarantine centre has led to a police report being lodged alleging that a Sabah woman had suffered abuse on social media from a man whom the woman has linked to Sabah DAP members.

State DAP leaders have denied any involvement with the man.

The report was lodged by a 58-year-old pensioner whose identity was withheld in a copy of the report shown to FMT. The report said the man had insulted the woman, Nicole Ava, and her family on social media.

Ava also alleged in a Facebook posting that she had been sexually harassed online by the man, and demanded an explanation from Sabah DAP leaders.

She also posted a photograph which purportedly showed the man among Sabah DAP leaders with Sabah chief minister Shafie Apdal. She claimed it had later been altered.

FMT has learnt that the abuse started when Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin, who is Sabah DAP secretary, responded to MCA complaints about the Likas quarantine centre.

Sabah MCA Wanita chief Pamela Yong had written about the poor conditions at the facility, attracting the attention of former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Ava said she had lodged an official complaint to the health department on May 16, but no action had been taken. She had wanted to raise her complaints with Chan and responded to Chan’s posting on Facebook.

She said the online abuse began after that.

“The post went viral but we were undermined by the responsible authorities and was even discredited so the reality of the issue was undermined. First, we were victims of an unsanitary quarantine centre set up by the responsible authority. Second, we are victims of online sexual harassment,” said Ava.

Kota Kinabalu police chief Habibi Majinji has yet to confirm whether police have received the report.

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