KOTA KINABALU: A Sabah Welfare Department probe is underway on how a 12-year-old girl, who died after being struck by a golf ball at a golf club, had been employed as a caddy.
State Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid said state authorities were also working with the Labour Department on the probe.
“We want to know how this underage girl could be hired to work as a caddy,” she said yesterday.
She said Welfare Department officers would be meeting the girl’s parents to ascertain if they could be provided with assistance.
The girl, Alminda Jalimin, was struck by the golf ball on Jan 31 while caddying at the Keningau Golf Club.
Keningau police chief Deputy Supt Robert Salisip David said Alminda, the daughter of Filipino migrant workers, had been working as a caddy for about two years.
In the 2.40pm incident that day, she had been standing about 6m from a golfer when the ball suddenly swerved and hit her in the neck.
The unconscious girl was rushed to the district hospital where she was given outpatient treatment and allowed to return home at about 11.30pm the same day, Deputy Supt Robert said.
However, just hours later, Alminah complained of severe headache, vomited and died at about 5am on Feb 1.
Police classified the case as sudden death.