Pahang Could Be The 2nd State To Enforce Syariah-Compliant Attire For Athletes

The move is expected to be implemented from April onwards.

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Pahang has set its eyes on becoming the second state after Terengganu to enforce Syariah-compliant attire for Muslim athletes

In a report by New Straits Times, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said yesterday, 21 January, that the government will be looking into the finer details before fully imposing the dress code on both male and female athletes.
"We (state government) have taken the first step to implement it by conducting a state-level seminar on Syariah-compliant attire for athletes here today and the resolutions were presented to me," he was quoted as saying by New Straits Times. 

"So we are making the necessary efforts and maybe it could be made compulsory for one or two sports but let's wait and see."

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail (second from right) receiving the resolution during the seminar on Syariah-compliant attire for athletes at Kolej Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah.

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The decision on Syariah-compliant attire will have to be closely studied, with feedback received from various departments to be taken into account, according to the Pahang Menteri Besar

The departments include sports associations, academicians, Syariah experts, the state mufti, and sports apparel companies.

While Wan Rosdy acknowledged that this regulation could face challenges such as backlash from sports associations or from the athletes themselves, he asserted that adhering to Syariah-compliant attires is not to satisfy human demands.

"However, adhering Syariah-compliant attires is not to meet human requirements but it is part of the instruction and command from Allah (God) that has to be obeyed," he told New Straits Times.

"The progress to introduce Syariah-compliant dress code for athletes in the country is seen as positive. For example, Terengganu has established guidelines for the use of such attires."

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Previously, it was reported that Terengganu would begin implementing Syariah-compliant clothing for state athletes in 2019

According to Malaysiakini, the State Executive Council Wan Sukairi Wan Abdullah explained that the move was in line with Terengganu government's policy of placing Islam as the main pillar of guidance, including for sports.

However, the Terengganu government did not give an enforcement time frame for the regulation.

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If no problems arise, the change is expected to be carried out in Pahang from April onwards, starting with schools

Bernama reported that the sports listed include silat, fencing, archery, shooting, golf, wushu, tenpin bowling, taekwondo, judo aquatics, equestrian, netball, athletics, basketball, badminton, squash, volleyball, and sailing.

Last year, the Terengganu state government announced that they will be barring women from competing in gymnastics as they "display indecent movements" and "expose their bodies":

Meanwhile, Nike recently introduced its first range of modest swimwear for Muslim women with a Malaysian chosen as one of the models for the collection:

Elsewhere, a 16-year-old Muslim student athlete at a high school in the United States was disqualified from her race because of her hijab:

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