Sabah police seeking FB user over dubious post on attempted robbery, rape

AARON LEE


KOTA KINABALU: Police are trying to track down the owner of a Facebook account, who goes by the name of “Alice Lien Hua”, over a dubious post which claimed that a teenage girl here fought off two men who tried to rob and rape her.

The Facebook post, which went viral yesterday and was picked up by several online news portals which believed the allegation to be true, claimed that the victim – a 19-year-old karate champion who had represented Sabah – had fended off an attack by two men.

Yesterday, district police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra denied that the incident took place, as no police report was made.

Following the official debunking by police, “Alice” began posting negative statements on the authorities for dismissing the claim.

The posts also offered purported reasons as to why the victim had not made a police report – that she was afraid police would take action against her; that she was in the midst of discussing the next course of action with her lawyer; and that she had left the country, among others.

Sabah Crime Investigations Department chief Datuk Salehhudin Abdul Rahman said the account user should lodge a police report before authorities open an investigation paper to probe the incident.

"Up until now, police have not received a report (on the incident).

"But we will not hesitate to take action under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 if the account user is spreading false information," he said during a press conference here.