A six-year-old girl's guardian suspected something was wrong when she noticed that the child always slept with her hands covering her private parts.
The guardian, 53, conveyed her misgivings to the girl's 31-year-old mother, who then lodged a police report on April 21.
The mother said the girl claimed a man had inserted his fingers into her private parts, reported Malaysia's The Star.
The man was said to be the husband of the girl's previous babysitter, whom the girl called ah kong (grandfather).
The couple, in their 60s, live in an apartment in Paya Terubong, Penang.
The mother alleged that the incident could have happened between last December and February.
"We have reason to believe that the girl could have been sexually assaulted.
"During the medical examination, my daughter apparently told the medical officers and policewomen that ah kong had put his fingers in her private parts.
"She said it happened at least six times and it would normally take place at night," she told a press conference.
The girl's mother, a waitress, said she placed her daughter under the guardian's care because she had to work, adding that her husband was in prison and she also had a 10-year-old son to care for.
She said the girl was earlier cared for by the suspect's wife.
Penang Gerakan committee member Tan Kah Leong said he hoped police would expedite the investigation.
Penang MCA chairman Chew Mei Fun added that the police must immediately act on such reports.
She said yesterday that it was disturbing and alarming to know that despite a police report being lodged on April 21, it was alleged that no further action was taken by the police until after a press conference on Sunday.
"On top of carrying a thorough investigation into the case, I urge the police to find out the reason for the delay in investigating.
"Action must be taken against the officer-in-charge if negligence is proven," she said in a statement.
Georgetown police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, said the case was being investigated under the Penal Code for molestation. "Initial investigations showed that the girl's hymen is still intact.
"We have recorded statements from the girl and her mother, but we found the girl's statement to be inconsistent. Nevertheless, we are still pursuing the matter. "We have picked up the man to help shed light on the matter," he said.
This article was first published on May 19, 2015.
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