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Police have arrested a ride hailing driver for allegedly molesting a private university student at a vacant shoplot area in Taman Tronoh Universiti. Pic by NSTP/courtesy of PDRM

BATU GAJAH: Police have arrested a ride hailing driver for allegedly molesting a private university student at a vacant shoplot area in Taman Tronoh Universiti.

The incident was believed to have occurred when the 29-year-old driver was on his way to send the 20-year-old student to her hostel in Batu Gajah Perdana Pusing here at 6.45pm.

Batu Gajah police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Adnan Basri said the man was arrested at 12.30pm in Lumut.

"The student, who is currently undergoing internship in Pangkor Island, has booked the service through her mobile application as she will be off tomorrow.

"The student then got into the Proton Saga BLM car which was driven by the man before he stopped at an empty shoplot in Taman Tronoh Universiti.

"The man then went out of his car and sat with the student at the backseat. He then forced the student to touch his private parts. The victim, who refused to do so, then pushed the man away," he said when contacted today.

Following a struggle, Ahmad Adnan said the man then went back to the driver's seat and continued the journey to send the victim to her hostel.

He added that the man warned the student not to tell anyone about the incident, including the police.

"Following the victims report, we arrested the man in Lumut to assist investigation. His car was also seized." he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code for assault or use of criminal force to a person with intent to outrage modesty.

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