Sukma scandal: Khairy mulls another probe into rape case

KUALA LUMPUR - The Youth and Sports Ministry might undertake another probe into the alleged rape by three athletes at the recent Ma­­­­laysia Games (Sukma) if investigations by the National Sports Council (NSC) proved unsatisfactory.

Its minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the NSC post-mortem headed by director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong was tasked with finding out how the incident involving the handball players could have taken place.

"If I am unhappy with the NSC report, we will have another investigation headed by my ministry's secretary-general," he said when winding up points raised by members during the debate on the Royal Address in Parliament.

Khairy said the ministry would take steps to ensure similar incidents don't recur, such as tightening security at all future sports events.

"I have also asked the Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia to come up with new protocol to ensure sporting events are not only drug-free, but alcohol-free as well," he said, adding that this would involve measures such as random breathalyser tests.

The ages of chaperones for athletes will also come under scrutiny, with Khairy saying they should not be of the same age group.