Sexual harassment is not uncommon, as much as we would like it to be. With the current technology, it is now harder to escape it, even while in the comfort of our own homes.
On 15th June, a lawyer, Veronica Wong (黄贝环) reported on her Facebook that she had been facing sexual harassment. Wong is the daughter of veteran MCA Central Committee Member Tan Sri Wong Mook Leong.
According to Wong, she had been harassed by the “MCO Sex Maniac” via text, phone calls and pornographic videos. Wong did not hesitate to name her harasser, stating he is part of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) and a community celebrity. “He is Mr. Yeo Kwi Seng (杨贵盛),” she announced and attached a photo of his business card.
The lawyer explained that she had met her harasser when she attended a funeral with her friends a few months ago. She and the celebrity sat at the same table and ended up exchanging business cards. When he first contacted Wong, he had some legal questions for her. However, she found subsequent contact “very unusual”.
The 50-year-old included screenshots of Whatsapp messages between them as evidence. The messages were sexual in nature and also involved pornographic videos. Wong stated she had more indecent content which was too explicit to be uploaded to Facebook. She added that she wanted to ask the Legal Advisory and Women’s Aid Centre (LAWA) for help.
Yesterday (17th June), Wong stated in an interview that she has yet to contact the police about the matter. However, she has filed a complaint with the Wanita MCA Chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie. They will be handling the issue on her behalf.
Yeo had a different story to tell. According to him, they had indeed met at a funeral and started conversing after that. However, although some of their conversations were related to sexual issues, Wong had not expressed any disgust about the topic. “The content (referring to the sexual harassment and pornography) was just a joke among adults,” he said. “And she didn’t warn me (off) the conversation.” He had no clue why Wong would upload his business card and screenshots of their conversation to her Facebook. “(Wong) once harassed me in the middle of the night,” he added. “I told her that I have a family and wife.”
Yeo has denied the allegations and stated he will be handing the issue over to his lawyer. However, he also resigned from his duties yesterday to avoid affecting the reputations of the associations he was involved with. Currently, he is discussing countermeasures against being involved in a sexual harassment case.