Malaysian scoutmaster denies molesting female students

Parents of the six girls posing with their reports against the scoutmaster outside a police station on Feb 15, 2012.

A scoutmaster broke down as he denied molesting several female students.

The tearful scoutmaster, who wanted to be known only as Mr Ho, said that claims that he had sexually assaulted the girls under his charge "were a pack of lies and malicious", The Star reported.

"I will never do anything to harm my students," he said. "A Chinese daily even reported that I had raped my daughter.

"All these baseless claims are made to tarnish my image, hurt the feelings of my family and destroy my life," he said at a press conference organised by Selangor MCA Public Service and Complaints Department chief Theng Book.

Mr Ho, 44, was accompanied by his wife, two daughters and a son, as well as 10 scouts he has trained.

Slapped

In relating his predicament, he said the school's principal had asked him on Feb 8 to explain allegations by a group of parents that he had molested several students.

"I was slapped so hard by one of the parents that I fell," he said, adding that he went to the local police headquarters to lodge a report the following day.

But, Mr Ho said, the investigating officer arrested and handcuffed him.

Several parents had lodged a police report earlier claiming that he had molested their daughters.

Mr Ho said he was detained overnight and released after his statements were recorded.

"I reserve the right to take legal action against the parties involved and will leave it to the police to conduct a thorough probe," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Ho's wife said he was a "good husband and loving father".

She added: "I trust my husband and believe that all the allegations are not true. We have been married for 20 years and he is a responsible person."

His daughter, aged 17, also took the Chinese newspaper to task for saying she was raped by her father.

"I am here today with my father. There is no such thing," she said.

Mr Theng said Mr Ho should be allowed to defend himself against the allegations.

This article was first published in The New Paper.