Singer Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin has chided Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin for telling former national football team captain Datuk Jamal Nasir to stay out of his dealings with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
Using her Twitter account @CTNurhaliza11, she wrote: "As Youth Minister whom people look up to, I feel that @Khairykj should use a more respectful approach. There is no need to be rude to those who are older."
She said she felt compelled to comment on the issue after reading a media report in which Khairy told Jamal to stay out of the matter if he was not FAM's "errand boy".
The latest controversy came about after Khairy rebuked FAM for allegedly not admitting its mistake or accepting criticism over the discovery of a Browning pistol loaded with seven bullets at the Shah Alam Stadium on Nov 3.
Khairy said his criticism was spurred by his love for football as well as concern about the safety of football fans.
He also denied Jamal's remark that he had a grudge against certain individuals in FAM.
Siti Nurhaliza told Kosmo! that her rebuke was made sincerely and added that she did not want her Twitter message to Khairy to ignite controversy just because she is an artiste.
Khairy declined to comment on the issue when met at his deputy Datuk M. Saravanan's Deepavali open house but he said he had agreed to meet FAM to resolve the crisis.