Malaysian tourism rep in Taipei arrested for molesting woman
A Malaysian tourism promotion representative has been arrested for sexually molesting a female shop assistant, a newspaper said Thursday, dpa reported.
Ahmad Junaidy Yahya, deputy director of the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board's representative office in Taiwan, was detained Tuesday evening at the Asia World Shopping Mall in Taipei, the Liberty Times reported.
Smelling of alcohol after attending a dinner party, Junaidy went to the Asia World Shopping Mall and tried to chat up a shop assistant. He groped the woman's back and private parts.
When the alleged victim screamed, Junaidy tried to flee but was stopped by shopping mall security guards.
Police took Junaidy to the police station for questioning, according to the Liberty Times. He was released Wednesday morning after he apologized to the victim and asked for a private settlement.
The victim agreed to Junaidy's release but reserved the right to press charges of sexual harassment.
Junaidy, an employee of the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB), was dispatched in 2005 to Taipei. He is currently deputy director of the MTPB's representative office in Taipei, which is in charge of promoting Malaysia to Taiwan tourists.
Janice Lai Seh-chen, director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau, said that the incident was Junaidy's personal matter and would not affect tourism ties between Taiwan and Malaysia, the Liberty Times said.