IPOH - A schoolgirl bravely fought off her molester at a shopping centre here.
Recalling her ordeal, 19-year-old "Vicky" (not her real name) said she punched and kicked the man, believed to be a foreign worker, when he hugged and kissed her during the 4pm incident last Saturday.
"I was about to use the toilet when a man came in and told me that it was out of order.
"He, however, told me to use it before he went out of the toilet.
"Then I heard someone opening the door and switching off the lights," Vicky said when met at the district police station yesterday.
When she came out of the toilet cubicle, Vicky claimed that the same man hugged and kissed her lips. Vicky said she managed to force her way of the toilet and screamed for help.
"The man fled and I saw somebody giving chase but I think he managed to escape," she said.
Vicky said she could identify the man who tried to rape her.
"I hope the police will arrest the man soon. I am now terrified of using public toilets alone," she said, adding that a report was lodged at the Sungai Senam police station later that night.
Bercham assemblyman Cheong Chee Khing, who brought the girl to the police station to meet the investigation officer yesterday, urged the police to expedite the investigation.
"I also urged the shopping centre management to increase security patrols to prevent similar incidents from recurring," he added.
Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said he had instructed the investigation officer to act on the matter urgently.
When contacted, a spokesman from the shopping centre said the man was a contract staff who was employed for refurbishment works at the premises.
"We have contacted the contractor to look for the culprit but he is believed to have fled."