We always encourage women to exercise caution, no matter where they are. After all, anything can happen.
A Facebook user, Otak Jun (real name Michelle Tai) was assaulted while she was parked outside her apartment. The 24-year-old made the post as a warning to other women.
The incident took place on 4th April at about 1:30am. According to Jun, she was parked at the shop-lot area of the You Vista apartment in Cheras. She noticed a Malay man wearing a helmet and a mask on his parked motorcycle nearby. The man tried to talk to her and without thinking, she had wound down her window. Although she couldn’t hear him properly as he was rather soft, she supposedly heard “I want to [inaudible] with you.” This alarmed her and she quickly wounded up her window.
The man came over to the car and acted as if he intended to show her his private parts. Jun admitted in hindsight, she should have just driven away but at that time, she didn’t think of it. Instead, she pulled out her phone and started recording the man. He immediately tried to hide his features by turning away and pulling his visor down. Visibly annoyed, the man threatened to break her window and tried to open her door. When he got angry and started shouting at her, Jun phoned her friends and family for help.
The man used a tool he fetched from his bike to break her window. He attempted to open the car door from the inside, but she blocked him. Then, the man yanked on Jun’s hair while struggling to get her phone. Jun suspected he wanted to delete any evidence of himself. Terrified of losing her phone, Jun tucked it close to her in an attempt to protect it. As they continued to struggle for her phone, she started screaming. It frightened the man and he left quickly without taking her handphone.
Jun drove to the guard house to wait for her family. Apparently there were at least three guards there but they did not offer any assistance to her. After her family arrived, the guards explained they heard screaming but did not check it out because they “lacked manpower”. They also stated that the parking lot had no CCTV and therefore it was not their responsibility.
Jun said she reported the matter to the police and will hand the recorded video to them as well. However, she was severely disappointed with the guards. She claimed she had seen them patrolling the parking lot before, so their explanation made no sense to her.
She did count herself lucky however. She pointed out that the man could have waited for her to exit the car, or attacked her while ignoring her phone. She was also grateful he fled once she started screaming. “I want to use my terrifying experience to tell all the ladies, as soon as someone suspicious approaches you, drive away immediately,” Jun said. “Please be on high alert at all times, stay safe.”
While some netizens thanked her for sharing the warning, some were confused by her actions. They insisted Jun should have driven away or used her car horn to attract attention. Many were surprised her first instinct was to record the incident.
What’s done is done however, and at the very least, she is safe albeit injured. Hopefully, the police will be able to find and arrest the assailant soon.
Watch the video here: