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UMS says won't protect staff in wrongdoing
Published on: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) claims it has no intention of protecting one of its security personnel who allegedly tried to rape a student at the campus.

Its Strategic Management and Corporate Communications Centre spokesperson said they immediately lodged a report upon finding out about the incident.

UMS management had since given its cooperation and handed the case over to the authorities for investigation and for appropriate action to be taken.

The spokesperson added that the staff was also ordered to step down immediately while they wait for further action.

"UMS does not compromise with any criminal misconduct concerning its staff or students.

"The university will also ensure that any crime committed among its staff does not escape the law and will be judged accordingly.

"In respecting the legal process, UMS does not want the matter to be sensationalised over the concern that it might disturb the investigation and trial process," the statement said, Monday.

The university through its Student Affairs Department has also provided aid to the victim's family.

This includes academic assistance so that the victim can continue studying as well as efforts to lend support and recover the emotional and psychological trauma inflicted on the victim.

Local Arshad Masdin, 26, had pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad for attempting to rape the woman, recently.

According to the charge, the suspect had forcefully taken off the victim's clothes at one of the university's hostels at midnight on July 15.

The suspect has two children and has been working at the university's Security Division for about a year.

Ainul has set the case management to Aug 29 for the suspect, who is charged under Section 376 (2) (a) of the Penal Code, read together with Section 511 of the same Code.

The section carries a maximum 15 years jail and liable to whippings.


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