News about an aquatics coach sexually assaulting a Malaysian diver sent shockwaves throughout the nation yesterday.
The aquatics coach has been arrested on the account of raping, after the athlete’s parents lodged a police report against the coach on Sunday.
The coach, believed to be from China, was arrested from the National Sports Council (NSC) on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Bernama, Kuala Lumpur chief police confirmed that the arrest was made after they received the complaint from the athlete’s family.
“The victim lodged a police report on Sunday, fearing for her safety,” Amar Singh said in a statement. He also noted that the suspect would be remanded for five days to facilitate investigations.
The case is being probed under Section 376 of the Penal Code for rape.
Youth and Sports minister YB Khairy Jamaluddin says he will let the police take it from here – while he and his subordinates will do the best he can to help facilitate the ongoing investigations.
“The National Sports Council, the Malaysia Olympics Council, and the Malaysia Amateur Diving Association will all convene to further investigate the coach who was accused of rape. At the same time, we will set up a special task force to handle sexual harassment and athlete’s psychological matters.” the minister said.
“I am upset that this happened, and I hope that a fair investigation will be conducted on this matter. I also urge the public to respect the athlete’s privacy.” he added.