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MMEA DG to cooperate with police on probe into sexual harassment allegations

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Director-General Maritime Admiral Datuk Hamid Mohd Amin will provide his full cooperation to the police in its investigation involving an alleged incident of sexual harassment associated with him.

MMEA, in a statement today, said the dissemination of a police report lodged by a woman, who claimed she was sexually harassed by Hamid, was of a personal nature with its own motive.

The allegations, said the agency, would not only tarnish his good name and reputation but also affect his family and the enforcement agency as a whole.

"Therefore, the Director-General's office will cooperate fully and leave it entirely to the police for the investigation," the agency said.

MMEA also urged the public to refrain from spreading the police report or make any speculations or allegations that could compromise the investigation process for all parties involved.

The New Straits Times earlier today reported that a woman lodged a police report alleging sexual harassment against the director-general of an enforcement agency.

The 39-year-old financial consultant claimed she had initiated contact with the individual in November last year when he was serving in another capacity within the same agency, in order to discuss potential investment prospects.

In her report lodged at a police station in Shah Alam, she claimed that the man began making inappropriate remarks during their meeting in his Putrajaya office immediately afterward, including asking her "which sexual position she preferred."

The woman claimed that she did not contact the man, who is in his late 50s, again because she concluded, based on his demeanour, that he had no interest in the investment opportunities she was presenting.

However, she claimed that he continued to text her invitations to hotels and karaoke sessions at night and to spend the night with him.

The woman claimed she ignored the messages but, beginning August this year, things intensified with the man sending messages on WhatsApp.

These included messages containing lewd pictures and videos.

As a result, the victim claimed she became depressed and suffered a loss of confidence, affecting her work performance.

Selangor police chief Datuk Hussein Omar Khan confirmed receiving a report from the victim, adding that the investigation would be conducted by Bukit Aman's Classified Crime Investigation Unit (USJT).

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