Titan Cheeleaders (from left) Zuraida Ahmad Zaid, Siti Nuruidayu Muda, 22, and Rabiatul Adawiyyah Mohd, at the press conference in Kuala Terengganu.
KUALA TERENGGANU: In a bid to attract more fans to come to the stadium, T-Team have introduced “Titan Cheerleaders”, a cheerleader team comprising 15 local girls.
The move however has received plenty of flak from fans in the conservative east coast state, as fan pages have been swamped with comments protesting the idea.
Cheerleader Rabiatul Adawiyyah Mohd, 27, however hopes the fans give her team a chance to show that they are not “sexy girls in short skirts” as one might think.
“We have only just formed ... the fans should not judge so soon without knowing what we actually do.
“Our role is more ambassadorial and we are here to garner support for T-Team and also help the fans know the team better. Our dressing will be decent and not like those often seen in the west,” said Rabiatul, a hotel receptionist by profession.
Zuraida Ahmad Zaid, 19, said she was hurt by some of the comments saying the cheerleader activities were immoral.
“We know Terengganu is a conservative state. Of course we will be decent and polite in our appearance. The fans need to be more open-minded. If it went against our eastern values, of course we wouldn’t do it,” said Zuraida, who works in a salon.
T-Team chief executive officer Ab Rasid Jusoh said T-Team are not the first to introduce cheerleaders in Malaysian football.
“Kelantan and ATM have their own cheerleader squad, but they have not faced such problems.
“Besides the normal cheerleading routine on match days, our cheerleaders will also be involved in a lot of goodwill activities with the community, such as visiting orphanages and old folks’ homes,” said Ab Rasid.