Grope victim more cautious about surroundings now
03 November 2016

Heightened vigilance: Pepper spray is the latest addition to Chua's purse.
Photo: The Star/ANN

PETALING JAYA - Varsity student Cristal Chua is not taking any more chances with her safety. The newest addition to her purse is pepper spray.

Chua is still shaken over a recent incident in which she was groped in front of her rented condo unit near Universiti Tunku Abdul Rah­man (Utar) in Sungai Long, Kajang.

The 22-year-old mass communications student said she never leaves home without her pepper spray now.

"I felt uneasy when I walked to the campus alone today (yesterday).

"I have no plans to move out yet but my parents are quite worried about me," she said.

At around 3.30 pm on Tuesday, Chua and her university classmate Tammy Ong, 21, were walking to Chua's place when a man appeared and "grabbed" Chua's buttocks.

They said the man also tried to grab Ong's breasts but fled when she shouted.

Chua whipped out her phone to record the attacker while Ong tried to give chase. The short and plump man wore a black jersey with the words "Mike" and "10" on the back.

Moments later, the girls related their ordeal via a live Facebook video.

"Tammy and I are proud because we did the right thing to increase awareness, especially among students, about cases like this.

"I know there are many other cases out there, but some choose not to speak out.

"Girls should not be bullied," said Chua when interviewed.

Accompanied by Ong, she lodged a police report at the Sungai Long police station on the night of the incident.

Chua (left) and Ong showing the police report outside the Sungai Long police station. Photo: The Star

Meanwhile, Utar will continue to advise and counsel its students on personal safety outside campus.

"We have talks by the police," said a statement from the university.

"There are also safety campaigns for students, especially on personal safety tips while they are outside the campus."

The university said safety was also a concerted effort among residents in housing areas, neighbourhood residential associations as well as the management of condos and the local communities.

"With the concerted efforts of all, we can bring greater awareness for a safer community for everyone."

Student in molest case scared into moving out
04 November 2016

Photo: The Star/ANN

KAJANG - University student Cristal Chua is still fearful after being molested by a stranger at the condominium she rents.

She is afraid that the man may come back and has temporarily moved out of the place in Sungai Long.

The 22-year-old Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman student is now staying with her friend, Tammy Ong, 21.

Ong was with Chua during the attack on Tuesday afternoon.

The molester grabbed Chua's buttocks and then tried to grope Ong's breasts, only running away when Ong screamed at him.

"I don't dare to stay there now, I'll be staying with Tammy. I'm not sure when I'll return to my place. We'll see how it goes," said Chua, adding that her parents didn't want her to go back to the condo.

The mass communications student and Ong were at the Kajang district police headquarters yesterday to help in the investigation they also put together a photofit composite to help police identify the attacker.

Chua said Ong's house was further away from the university than to the condo, "but I feel much safer".

She said that she was fearful because the molester likely knew which unit she lived in, since he attacked them while they were outside its door, adding that she didn't not want to take the risk "as long as he is still out there".

The women said that one of their friends had apparently seen the man outside the condo after the attack, so they suspect that he may be a resident.

Shortly after they were attacked, Chua and Ong posted a live video on Facebook about the incident to warn other women to be more vigilant.

They said they did not do it to boost their social media presence or to get more followers, as thought by some people.

"We're just doing the right thing, to increase awareness among students and other people living in that area," Chua said.

"We also wanted to show that women are not easy to bully. We never expected it to go viral."

Lawyer held for molestation of varsity students
The Star Online
06 November 2016

PETALING JAYA: A 33-year-old civil lawyer was arrested for molesting a university student at a condominium in Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Othman Nanyan said the suspect surrendered himself to the police on Friday.

“The victim has positively identified the suspect. He has been remanded until Sunday (today),” he said.

The student and her friend bravely related their ordeal in a live Facebook video to warn other women to be more vigilant.

The Star picked up the story, lending a helping hand to the two over their ordeal.

Cristal Chua and Tammy Ong, both in their 20s, are students of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Sungai Long.

They said the horrifying experience began when they arrived at one of the condominium blocks.

Suspect in molest case of Kajang varsity student remanded till Wednesday
The Star Online
By: Jastin Ahmad Tarmizi
07 November 2016
KAJANG:‎ Police have extended the remand of a 33-year-old lawyer in the molest case of a university student at a condominium in Bandar Sungai Long here last week.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Othman Nanyan confirmed that the suspect, who gave himself up on Friday and was remanded after he was positively identified by the victim, would be held until Wednesday to help in the investigations.

The Star reported that Cristal Chua and Tammy Ong, both in their 20s, were walking to Chua’s rented condominium when a man suddenly emerged and “grabbed” Chua's buttocks.

They said the man also tried to grab Ong’s breasts but she shouted, and he fled.

They said the horrifying experience began when they arrived at one of the condominium blocks.

Chua punched the password digits to unlock the door at the entrance and proceeded to enter.

The man held the door open and crept in behind them. Thinking that he was also one of the residents there, the two girls paid no attention - until he grabbed Chua’s buttocks when they were on the first floor.

“I thought it was Tammy at first. I was shocked to see a man behind me. He then turned towards Tammy and tried to molest her but she shouted,” said Chua, adding that the man was plump and quite short, and wore a black jersey with the words “Mike and no 10” at the back.

Chua took out her phone to record a video while Ong tried to give chase.

Lawyer charged with molesting students
The Sun Daily
Tamarai Chelvi
08 November 2016

KAJANG: A lawyer has claimed trial to a charge of molesting a 22-year-old student and attempting to molest another 20-year-old student at a condominium last week.

charged with outraging the modesty of a college student

Michael Anthony, 33, was charged with outraging the modesty of a college student by touching her buttocks and another charge for attempting to touch another student's breast.

The first charge is under Section 354 of the Penal Code, which is punishable with a 10-year-jail term and a fine or whipping or both, upon conviction.

punishable with 5 years jail with a fine or whipping or both

The second charge is under the same Section 354 read together with Section 511, and is punishable with 5 years jail with a fine or whipping or both, upon conviction.

Both the offences were allegedly committed at Cypress Condominium, Bandar Sungai Long at about 3.30pm on Nov 1.

Recently, the story of the college students went viral on social media.

Anthony's lawyer Datuk Jerald Gomez sought for an order today from the magistrate's court for the victims not to publish evidence online, but instead give their evidence in court.

The application was allowed.

"In this case, a fact we cannot ignore is that the complainant has sensationalised the case and is giving interviews and making homemade videos, posting them on the internet," said Gomez.

'trial by media'

"The accused has not even had a trial or been proven guilty, instead it is 'trial by media' without the accused side of the story.

"Damage has already been done to his life and career. (By) setting a high bail, it would only add to the burden already being carried," he said, adding that Anthony was in police custody for five days.

He said the past record and character of the accused is also a factor to be considered.

Gomez said Anthony is a member of the Malaysian Bar, has worked with Securities Commission, lectured law and now is a practising lawyer.

DPP Natasha Chin Le Jy suggested RM6,000 as bail for each of the charges.

Magistrate Fadzilatul Isma Ahmad Refngah granted RM4,000 bail for the first charge and RM3,800 bail for the second charge.

She also set Dec 9 for mention.

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