At an interior court in the state of Sabah, in Borneo today, celebrity preacher Ebit Lew was hit with 11 accusations, including sexual harassment.
Ebit Irawan bin Ibrahim Lew, often known as Ebit Lew, is a Malaysian Chinese entrepreneur and Islamic Missionary.
Since early this morning, when news came out that Lew would be prosecuted, the district office has been under tight police supervision.
He was born Lew Yun Pau on December 21, 1984. He is well-known for his beard and impressive demeanour, as well as his attitude to the impoverished, underprivileged and youth.
After getting into an online dispute with a group of missionaries and a local influencer last year, Lew was hit with a slew of charges.
A police report for sexual misconduct was filed against him after the dispute, in which he apologised to his opponents and said he forgive them for their outbursts and charges against him.
Also known as Ustaz Ebit Lew, the Malaysian independent preacher and entrepreneur has been a popular topic of discussion online.
Some see him as a cultural icon in his own right, he rose to prominence as a result of his charitable humanitarian actions, particularly during the Covid-19 crisis.
Before the charges were filed, Lew was the target of an ongoing sexual harassment inquiry including leaked chats and filthy videos between him and his victims.
The controversy was allegedly uncovered when another independent preacher, Firdaus Wong Wai Hung – also known as Ustaz – posted online charges of Lew’s alleged lewd activities.
Images of text conversations, voice recordings, and even footage of a man resembling Lew with his genitals exposed were posted online. They went viral.
Statements from victims
The case is being investigated under Section 509 of the Penal Code for the offence of insulting a persons modesty, Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 for indecent, abusive or insulting behaviour, and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for the misuse of online services.
Police have also taken statements from the victim (s) in the scandal but didn’t reveal their identity.
Lew had publicly denounced the allegations made against him, saying that it was cruel.