PKR slams Malaysian minister over "review sports attire" remark

PKR slams Malaysian minister over "review sports attire" remark
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi of Malaysia won the gold medal at the women's floor excercise routine final at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on June 10, 2015.

PETALING JAYA - PKR has given a Cabinet Minister a dressing down after he suggested that the Government will review Muslim athletes' clothing so that they are more syariah compliant.

PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya said the Minister's support for remarks by some zealots in society over the attire worn by Gymnastics gold medalist Farah Ann Abdul Hadi during the South East Asian games was "dangerous and narrow".

"Instead of defending a woman athlete who brought fame and glory to this country, a Government minister has yesterday supported in Parliament the call of those who criticised her attire.

"Can an outfit worn during a sporting event be termed as immoral or indecent? Where will this end?" Latheefa said in response to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom remarks that sports attire which exposed the 'aurat' would be reviewed.

She also questioned why the nation's best athletes were being singled out for criticism.

Jamil Khir told the Dewan Rakyat on Monday that there was a responsibility for Muslims to cover up in all areas, and not just in sports.

"We take attention of this matter so that this becomes a lesson, in whichever field, including sports, for us to look into the clothing and attire," he said when wrapping up the debate for the religious affairs department for the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Jamil Khir was responding to a question from Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS-Rantau Panjang) asking if the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) had issued guidelines on clothing for athletes to the Youth and Sports Ministry.

Farah Ann's purple leotard during the gymnastics event had drawn criticism from some social media users, who chastised her for not covering up.

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