Oh dear! A homestay operator in Ipoh was fined RM10,000 for filming his guests nude in the bathroom 3 years ago.
The culprit, identified as 45-year-old Lim Lai Heng, was accused of insulting the modesty of 8 guests by using a mini CCTV in an upstairs bathroom at Ipoh Garden Homestay at 31, Jalan Pekeliling Tasek, Canning Garden between 2.30pm and 11.30pm on 24th July 2014.
His victims, 5 of whom were females, were aged between 17 and 53 at the time of the incident.
According to The Star, Lim pleaded guilty at the High Court yesterday (3rd August). DPP Nurul Azriah Zaid said the horrible ordeal has traumatised the victims. She said in a statement, “The faces of the victims were clearly seen in the recordings. (One of the female victims) She was crying when the recording was shown in court during the trial.”
Nurul also said that Lim’s actions created fear among would-be customers of homestays and affected the industry as a whole, adding that letting him off on a mere fine would not serve public interest.
However, defence counsel Dexter Mah told the court that his client was a first-time offender and ought to be given a second chance. “It’s a silly, stupid mistake. Who hasn’t made a mistake?” he told the press.
Be wary of your surroundings at all times, folks. Be sure to check your accommodation thoroughly while you’re on holiday.