Malaysian Wins Gold Medal For Her Country But Is Criticised For Her Attire Instead
In a positive turn of events, Selangor Sultan backs Farah Ann
Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah fully backs national artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi and has expressed disapproval at those who picked on her attire during the 28th SEA Games in Singapore.
In his congratulatory letter to Farah, Sultan Sharafuddin said her achievement had made the whole country, including Selangor, proud.
"Criticising your attire should be the last matter in the minds of those who commented negatively on social media. They should be celebrating your achievements for Malaysia and Selangor," he said in the letter handed to her on Friday.
Farah, accompanied by her father Abdul Hadi Ahmad, received the letter from a Selangor Istana official.
In his letter, the Selangor ruler said that he hoped Farah would not take the comments of narrow-minded people to heart and continue to strive to be the best in her field.themalaymailonline.com
"Malaysia's future lies in the younger generation like you and the rakyat supporting them to excel instead of giving negative comments. I am sure it must have taken years of hard work, dedication, determination and long hours of training to reach the level that you have achieved," said the Selangor Ruler.
In an immediate response, Farah said she was touched and felt humbled to accept the letter. "I would like to express my highest gratitude towards the Sultan of Selangor for taking his time to write me the letter," she said.
Khairy hits back at the idea of setting guidelines for sports attire
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has hit back at his Cabinet colleague for suggesting that sports attire for athletes be reviewed over the issue of "aurat", asking the government to also include a guideline for perverts.themalaysianinsider.com
Khairy tweeted: "Should also have guidelines for gatal men to lower their gaze when they can't contain themselves watching sports."malaysiakini.com
Khairy is believed to be referring to minister in charge of Islamic affairs Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom's remark in the Dewan Rakyat last night, when he said that the government will review sports attire for athletes following complaints about a gymnast's leotard.themalaysianinsider.com
17 June: Attires of athletes to go under review after complaints over Farah Ann's leotard
The government will review sports attire for athletes following complaints about a gymnast's leotard during the recent South East Asian Games (Sea Games) in Singapore, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said.
"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 while wrapping up the debate for the religious affairs department for the 11th Malaysia Plan.
The concern was raised by PAS assemblywoman Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff
PAS’ Rantau Panjang MP Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff had asked earlier if Putrajaya has looked into enforcing Shariah compliance in all issues that involve Muslims, zooming in on the recent controversy over gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi’s attire during her gold medal performance.
She stressed that the clothing used by female Muslim athletes that expose their aurat clearly went against sharak or Islamic principles and “is very shameful”.
13 June: Gold Medalist Malaysian Hits Back At Those Who Criticised Her For Her Costume
Malaysian gold medalist Farah Ann Abdul Hadi (pic) has hit back at those who critcised her for her ‘revealing' attire at the South East Asia (SEA) Games in Singapore. "Empty cans make the most noise," was her responds on Twitter to Malaysians who condemned her for dressing ‘indecently’ during her gymnastic routine on Thursday.thestar.com.my
Empty cans make the most noise— Farah Ann Abdul Hadi (@farahannhadi) June 12, 2015
Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaludin as a response had said that only God can judge the deeds of Farah.
"Let God be the judge, not us. In gymnastics Farah Wowed the judges and brought home gold. In her deeds only the almighty judges her, not you. Leave our athletes alone," wrote Khairy on his twitter account on Friday.
12 June: Awhile back, we featured Farah in our story of young SEA Games athletes that you should look out for. Picking up gymnastics at a young age, you could say she is well on her way to becoming Malaysia's next top gymnast.
She made all of us proud by winning a gold medal on Wednesday at the floor exercise event. She received a total of 13.733 points.
The 21-year-old Malaysia had saved her best for the last day of competition. She produced a composed routine to score 13.733 points to win the floor exercise event at the Bishan Sports Hall on Wednesday. Indonesian Rifda Irfanalutfi took silver with 13.700 and Vietnam’s Phan Thi Ha Thanh the bronze with 13.433.thestar.com.my
This is the second time Farah has won something for Malaysia in the 2015 SEA Games, having also clinched a gold for a team event on 7 June
While many were celebrating Farah's accomplishment at the Games, some paid more attention to her attire
Some Facebook users on Buletin TV3 have slammed the 21-year old Farah for not covering up as a Muslim
However, there are other Muslim Facebook users who came to Farah's defence and congratulated her for her achievements
We hope Farah brushes of all the negativity away, because she has definitely done her country proud. Well done, Farah!