PETALING JAYA: Let God be the judge, not us.
This was Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin take on the furore raised by a photo of national gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi in her outfit.
“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 today.
His statement was echoed by many of those following his account.
“Well said YB. We must support our athletes and not being narrow minded. Carry on Farah and congrats,” wrote Datuk Amarjit Singh under the handle @Amarjit_Gill.
“Indeed … the person questioning should ask why he/she was even looking or even have a thought at a child like that?” wrote Intan Diamond under the handle @saying_intan.
The controversy over Farah’s attire, a leotard normally worn by gymnasts, started on Wednesday after the 21-year-old’s photo as uploaded on Buletin TV3’s Facebook page.
Some Facebook users started making negative comments on Farah and her outfit, saying that the outfit was too revealing and not in line with her Muslim faith.
Others however started defending the gold-medal winning gymnast.Farah won a gold in the floor exercise event at the Singapore SEA Games on Wednesday in addition to another gold for a team event, a silver, and two bronzes she won earlier during the Games.