GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA - The grandparents of a 4-year-old girl have made a shocking allegation that a paedophile could be running a kindergarten here, as police investigation into the case drags on.
They claimed that their grandchild was raped by the kindergarten operator early last year and they had lodged a report in April last year after finding out about the incident.
However, the culprit has yet to be charged as police have not completed their investigations.
He is still running a kindergarten under a different name with his wife.
It is learnt that the kindergarten is being run without a licence and a report about its illegal operations has been lodged but no action has been taken so far.
The girl's frustrated grandparents have been making enquiries about the case.
Their desperation led them to seek help from the Women's Centre For Change (WCC) in Penang, which highlighted the matter to the New Straits Times.
Relating their ordeal, the couple said their son had placed his 4-year old daughter in their care and she was enrolled in a kindergarten in Jelutong here in January last year.
They did not suspect anything amiss until their grandchild often came back from classes in different panties and complained of pain when urinating.
The grandparents then took the girl back to her parents' house in Kuala Lumpur in April last year. She was subsequently taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a check-up.
A police report was lodged when a medical examination confirmed that the girl's hymen had been torn.
Police took statements from the grandparents and also interviewed the girl, who related to them how the suspect had taken her to a house, dressed her up, taken pictures and raped her.
She also told police that the suspect had threatened to kill her and her grandparents if she told anyone about what he had done.
Police have taken other evidence, including her underwear, and asked her to identify the culprit in an identification parade.
"I have checked the status of the case numerous times and police always tell me that their investigations are still in progress," said the girl's 55-year old grandfather.
WCC president Lalitha Menon said the centre had written letters to the Penang deputy public prosecutor's office and the Attorney-General's Chambers and also met the state police to find out what was going on.
She said the attorney-general's office had replied that the case was under investigation and that there was more follow-up that police needed to do.
"That was the last letter we got from the attorney-general in September.
"We could have a paedophile in our midst but the authorities seem to be dragging their feet in getting to the bottom of the case."
State Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner II Wan Abdullah Tuanku Said confirmed that the case was still under investigation.
He said the case required delicate investigations as it involved a child and a number of corroborative evidence was being scrutinised.
"I understand the concern shown by all parties in this case but we cannot just rush into things. I promise that we will carry out a fair and balanced investigation," he said yesterday.