Cathryn Li is a popular Malaysian influencer who was recently approached by a man claiming to be the personal advisor to the Deputy Communications and Multimedia (MCMC) Minister, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin.
This said individual, named Carrick Tan, had obtained Cathryn’s phone number without her consent and messaged her, asking to go out for coffee together. Cathryn rejected him and this spoiled love interest took a terribly wrong turn when the pair ultimately lodged police reports against each other.
The story begins with Carrick messaging Cathryn without any prior introduction. He is said to have simply sent her his name card, multiple pictures of him and then proceeded to abruptly ask her out for coffee.
This spooked the Malaysian beauty so much that she blocked the Chinese gent and posted a screenshot of his odd messages on her Instagram story for ‘Close Friends’. The screenshots are reported to show that Cathryn had saved his contact as “Mental Illness” on her phone.
The caption on her story reads, “He sent me his name card, photos of him with the minister and some celebrities without a proper self introduction, and then straight away asked me out for a coffee. I disliked it and never replied. Then he called me, I did not pick up and he called again on the next day. I blocked him. What a man with bad manners.”
One of Cathryn’s Instagram ‘Close Friends’ had apparently taken screenshots of her IG stories and shown it to Carrick. The self-claimed civil servant had taken great offence to this matter and posted a picture of a police report and a bunch of screenshots of their conversations on his Facebook profile, tagging the fitness model on the post.
In the post’s caption Carrick accused Cathryn of “fabrication, smearing, fake, boggling, arrogant, rude, low-level and humble means”. His caption goes on to read:
“It’s time for me to ask for the people and to walk for the heavens, and here I declare the official war and to seek justice for all of us!”
Cathryn was also not going to stay silent and lodged a police report against Carrick as well. When speaking to China Press, the top influencer stated, “I don’t know what is his motive. I tried to ask some of the celebrities that I know who took a picture with him, but it turns out no one knows him, they were just asked to take a picture with him at some event.”
“He kept calling me and I felt threatened. So, I blacklisted him,” added Cathryn. Following this, Carrick was still reportedly trying to contact her through different channels and even accused her of disrespecting the MCMC minister.
The drama continued on until the end of last month, as Carrick posted on his Facebook account on 28th October (Wednesday) claiming that he had been arrested by the police. Carrick is reported to be charged under Section 170 of the Penal Code for impersonating a civil servant (jail term of up to two years or a fine or both), and Section 448 of the Penal Code for house/office/private property trespassing (jail term up to maximum 6 months, maximum RM3,000 fine or both, upon conviction).
His caption reads: “TQVM (thank you very much) for reporting me at the Putrajaya police station and instructing PDRM to charge me, so that I have a chance to clear my name at court soon. Sincere thanks to Setiausaha Sulit Kanan Datuk Ton Zalani & Pegawai Khas Mohd Alifata Bin Baharuddin of Kementerian Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia, KKMM Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia.”
According to China Press, Cathryn Li lodged a police report on 27th October and hired a lawyer to handle the case. Her lawyer contacted MCMC, who then confirmed that the department does not have a civil servant named Carrick Tan working under them. Cathryn also divulged that she had learned that Carrick had harassed many others in the past.
We’ve heard the saying “crazy in love”, but this little incident definitely seems to be more crazy than loving. Don’t you agree?
Source: Red Chili 21.