Zuraida: Organiser should clarify what happened at chess tournament

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  • Monday, 01 May 2017

PETALING JAYA: The organiser of a chess tournament where a young girl was allegedly told that her dressing was "inappropriate" should clarify what actually happened that day, says PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin (pic).

Zuraida, who is also Ampang MP, said based on what she had read from various media reports, the organiser should have been more humane and diplomatic when dealing with such a situation.

"I am very agitated about the issue. I feel for the young girl as if she were my own daughter," Zuraida said on Monday.

At the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 in Putrajaya on April 14, the girl was told mid-game by the arbiter that her dress was “improper” and she was not allowed to wear a similar dress for the next round.

The tournament director alleged the dress was improper and “a temptation from a certain angle, far, far away”.

The girl wore a short-sleeved striped dress that stopped just above her knees.

The girl's mother, Chin Wai Ling, said the director's pronouncement was only made around 10pm when shops were closing, so she did not have time to buy slacks for the following day's 9am start time.

Humiliated and harassed, the young Kuala Lumpur district chess champion withdrew.

The tournament director previously told The Star that the organiser would refrain from making any further statements until the investigation was complete.

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