PETALING JAYA, Jan 22 — The police have arrested a Kedah man recorded fondling a preschooler in a viral video from the weekend.
Kuala Muda District Police Chief ACP Saifi Abdul Hamid confirmed the arrest, and said the man was apprehended at his house in Sungai Petani, Kedah, after two reports were lodged over his actions in the video.
“He was arrested at 3pm today. The mother of the child made a police report at 2am in the morning after seeing a video of the alleged act that has gone viral,’’ he said.
Saifi added the case will be investigated under Section 14 of the Child Act for physical and sexual assault of a child.
In the video, the man is seen cradling the girl on his lap and kissing her, before it becomes apparent that he has his hand under her dress and is fondling her chest.
According to Saifi, the man who was said to be a close friend of the family and had taken the girl out under the pretext of getting her food.
Instead, he took her to a fun fair where the alleged molest took place, and only brought her home two hours later.
Saifi said the man had also attempted to again take the girl out, before he was confronted by her mother who learned of the molest through the viral video.
He quickly apologised before fleeing, Saifi revealed.