Sabah politician arrested over suspected molest of Unduk Ngadau pageant contestant

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The police picked up Sabah Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku’s former Putatan parliamentary coordinator Philip Among midway through a press conference that he was giving at about 12.30pm.

They spoke to him for about half an hour at the location before taking him to the police station for further questioning.

Among was in the middle of telling reporters that he was innocent of all allegations and would sue the two people — the pageant contestant and a Rela officer — who lodged reports against him.

“I strongly deny claims of sexual harassment, that is why I am filing this suit. Also, against the Rela security. We were prevented from going into KDCA on the night of the event and he twisted the story to turn himself into the victim. That is why I am filing two suits and all those who are making these allegations go viral,” he said.

Among, who was technical leader in the Unduk Ngadau pageant, said that he was the victim of a political conspiracy, for being a politician and for his involvement with a popular beauty pageant.

“Since my appointment (in the party) I have tried to do much good to the community. As a result, I have received a lot of support. But also a lot of people are jealous and willing to resort to gutter politics to harm and destroy me. There is an enemy outside,” he said.

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“The report on sexual molestation is utterly untrue,” he said, claiming that the contestant’s decision to make the report two days after the alleged incident was “clearly an afterthought”.

“Why make the false report two days later? I am very disappointed and sad that she has resorted to this kind of unlawful action,” he said.

Yesterday, Among was stripped of his position in the party pending investigations. The firestorm began after a police report surfaced on social media where a contestant claimed he had taken her to his car and groped her back, neck, thighs and hands.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the case will be investigated under Section for assault or the use of criminal force on a person with intent to outrage modesty.

“If convicted, the offender can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison or a fine or whipping, or any two of those punishments,” he said.