MPs: 'Sexy' sports attire could lead to casual sex among athletes

National athletes should wear syariah-compliant sports attire as the dressing for some events are "too sexy", which could lead to promiscuity among athletes, say several lawmakers.
Lianhe Zaobao

KUALA LUMPUR: Several lawmakers have called for national athletes to don syariah-compliant attire.

They claimed the attire for some events was "too sexy" and could lead to promiscuity among athletes.

Mohamad Imran Abdul Hamid (PKR-Lumut) even chided Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

"You may score marks in the international sports arena but you will not score marks in the afterlife."

He was fearful that the sexy outfits worn might result in instances of close proximity and ultimately, casual sex.

Siti Zailah Muhd Yusoff (PAS-Rantau Panjang) asked whether the outfits would be syariah-compliant, in line with the Government's implementation of a Syariah Index.

"We should have guidelines and implement them with regard to athletes' attire," she added.

Nik Abduh Nik Aziz (PAS-Pasir Mas) joined in the chorus and urged Khairy to be brave and implement syariah-compliant attire in at least two or three categories.

To that, Khairy replied: "We have no policy with regard to sports outfits but the attire worn by the athletes must not go against the international regulations set up by the respective bodies.

"However, it is up to the athletes to decide for themselves."

He noted that there had been no reported cases of revealing sports attire resulting in promiscuity among national athletes.

Khairy added that the previous national women's netball team had changed their outfits to less revealing attire.

In June, a social media storm erupted when several people took national gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, who won the gold at the SEA Games, to task for her attire.

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After yesterday's debate in Parliament, Malaysians went on The Star Online's Facebook page to challenge the suggestion that promiscuity was tied to athletes' attire and called on people to focus on the sport and not the clothes worn.

Facebook user Harry Chong said promiscuity had "nothing to do with sports attire".

"Those fully covered up are also promiscuous," he added.

"Sports have sports attire. Stop thi­nking on sexy but focus on the sp­­o­rts," said Facebook user Elaine Soo.

Li-Ann Tan expressed concern that syariah-compliant attire would hinder an athlete's performance.

"Try swimming and diving in a 'shariah-compliant' swimsuit. Try loose and baggy clothing in gymnastics," said Tan.

Wong Phooi Phooi said there were many other issues more worrying than sports attire.

MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker called on PKR and PAS to stop ogling at athletes' bodies.

"As a retired First Admiral of the Malaysian Royal Navy, surely Mohd Imran comprehends the importance of uniforms for discipline and conformity when issued by international sports governing bodies.

"Do PKR and PAS MPs expect Malaysian sportswomen to be fully clad and constrained in Taliban-inspired and enforced burqa-like outfits?"

See also: 'Farah Ann wore the right attire and did the nation proud'