The Malaysian Minister in Charge of Islamic Affairs Jamil Khir Baharom has said the fuss sparked by a gymnast’s “revealing” attire at the SEA Games is “a lesson” on clothing for Muslims in sports and other fields.
Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, 21, had an impressive showing at the Singapore Games, with a gold in the women’s floor exercise and women’s team event, a silver in the women’s individual events and three bronze medals. Despite the wins, she had received flak from some who felt she had exposed too much of her body.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom was asked about this in parliament on Monday (Jun 11) night.
“We take attention of this matter so that this becomes a lesson, in whatever field, including sports, for us to better study clothing and attire so that we can pay attention to anything that can corrupt or embarass Islam,” he said.
Thousands of Malaysians have come to the defence of Farah Ann since news of the controversy broke – including Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
“In gymnastics, Farah wowed the judges and brought home gold. In her deeds only, the Almighty judges her. Not you. Leave our athletes alone,” said Khairy Jamaluddin.