Clinic staff in fear over perverts

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PASIR GUDANG - Two clinic assistants are fearing for their safety after witnessing two men pleasuring themselves in front of their premises on separate occasions.

Hanim Sukerman, 27, and Farah Syafiqah Mansor, 24, claimed that the first incident happened at about 5.50pm on July 9 when they were at the registration counter of the clinic in Jalan Sena 2 in Masai, here.

Syafiqah said that a man, believed to be in his 20s, first entered the clinic to ask if the doctor was in and when she replied no, he left.

"A few minutes later, he returned and spoke in a soft voice. I had to stand up to hear what he was saying, but by then he was already touching himself with his pants down," she said, adding that she screamed and ran into the next room.

"My colleague Hanim, who was sitting beside me, also screamed out of panic.

"The man fled," she told reporters during a press conference here yesterday.

She added that they were too shocked to react or to call for help.

Several months later on Sept 12, Hanim and another colleague on duty at the clinic were about to go next door for a drink when they noticed another man, also in his 20s, standing at the clinic entrance masturbating with his pants down.

"I immediately grabbed my mobile phone to record the act but he escaped before I could start recording.

"When I called the police, an officer who picked up the phone started asking me uncomfortable questions instead of providing me assistance, which prompted me to hang up," she said.

Pusat Aduan Rakyat supervisor Syed Othman Syed Abdullah, who organised the press conference, said several other women working along the street also claimed to have been sexually harassed by some men.

"Some of them even tried chasing the suspects but they declined to participate in the press conference out of shame," he said, adding that most incidents went unreported as the victims preferred to keep silent.

He urged police to take the matter seriously and conduct more patrols along the stretch of road, which was secluded with only 10 businesses operating there.

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Abdul Samad Salleh said police would look into the matter.