Teen gang-rape claim mars Malaysia Games
POLICE have arrested three players of Malaysia's Federal Territory (FT) handball team for allegedly gang-raping a 19-year-old girl at the Malaysia Games (Sukma).
The teenagers, aged 18 to 19, were picked up a day after the girl lodged a police report last Wednesday.
Serdang deputy OCPD Supt Lam Chin Fei said the teens had been remanded until Thursday to help with the investigations.
The girl, an unregistered official for the FT handball team, said in her report that she was raped at the Games village located at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) last Wednesday.
Prior to the incident, she had gone out for drinks with several handball players.
She claimed that she was pinned down on a bed in a dormitory at the Games Village at about 4am. She said she was in a semi-conscious state when the teenagers took turns to rape her.
A visibly upset Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said at a press conference at UPM on Sunday that he was deeply saddened by the incident.
"This is the first time since the Games' inception in 1986 that an incident such as this has happened, and I'm deeply saddened as it has marred the Games," he said.
Sukma is for athletes under the age of 21. The Games, which ended yesterday, serves as the basis of selection for the Malaysian contingent to the SEA Games in Myanmar this year.
Haji Khairy revealed that in the alleged rape incident, the athletes involved had smuggled alcohol into the Games village.
"I have called for the officials and athletes of the FT handball team to be suspended immediately for breach of discipline pending investigations by the Malaysian Handball Association," he said.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK