KUALA TERENGGANU: A 61-year-old flood victim has been arrested for allegedly committing sexual assault on two girls at a flood relief centre in Kuala Nerus.
Terengganu police chief Mazli Mazlan said police picked up the elderly man yesterday after the girls’ mothers lodged separate police reports.
The parents claimed that the incident happened on Tuesday when the man coaxed their daughters to one corner of the centre on the pretext of wanting to teach them.
“The two girls, both aged seven, are staying at the centre with their families while the suspect is there with his children and family members.
“The girls’ mothers and other family members were at the relief centre when the incident happened,” Mazli told a press conference today.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 14 of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, which provides for a punishment of up to 20 years’ jail and whipping on conviction.
Mazli said police would step up patrols at the relief centres to prevent a recurrence of the incident.
He also advised parents to keep a close watch on the movements of their children at the centres.
“At every centre, there are two police personnel and two Rela members providing security for evacuees.
“However, we cannot do our security checks too frequently for fear of disturbing the privacy of evacuees,” he added.