Lawyer to call for press con­fer­ence soon

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ES­THER LAN­DAU KUALA LUMPUR es­therthomaslan­dau@nst.com.my

THE Malaysian Chess Fed­er­a­tion will soon clar­ify the re­cent in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a 12-year-old girl, who had to with­draw from its com­pe­ti­tion re­cently for al­legedly wear­ing a “se­duc­tive” dress.

A lawyer for the fed­er­a­tion, who wished to be iden­ti­fied only as Izam, said yes­ter­day that a press con­fer­ence would be called soon to ex­plain the sit­u­a­tion.

“We will clar­ify soon. We will let you know when it will be held.”

The girl was re­port­edly a par­tic­i­pant in the Na­tional Scholas­tic Chess Cham­pi­onship 2017 held in Pu­tra­jaya on April 14.

The photo of the girl, wear­ing a short sleeved black and or­ange striped knee­length dress, was shared in so­cial me­dia and had caused a pub­lic out­cry.

Com­pe­ti­tion di­rec­tor Sofian A. Ahmad de­clined to com­ment.

In a Face­book post­ing, chess player and coach Kaushal Khan­dar had ex­pressed shock and out­rage over the in­ci­dent.

He said the girl, who was his stu­dent, was “em­bar­rassed” when the tour­na­ment di­rec­tor and chief ar­biter made the com­ments about her dress dur­ing the match.

Kaushal claimed that the chief ar­biter had in­formed his stu­dent that her at­tire had breached the tour­na­ment’s dress code. He al­leged that the tour­na­ment di­rec­tor was the one who de­cided her dress was not proper, and the chief ar­biter had asked her mother to buy long slacks for the next day’s match at about 9am.

The girl’s mother failed to get an ex­pla­na­tion from the di­rec­tor and her daugh­ter was forced to pull out of the tour­na­ment.


Na­jmi Asyraaf Halim (left) and Jad Haris Sabarud­din show­ing the medals they won at the 14th World Math­e­mat­ics Com­pe­ti­tion in Manila, the Philip­pines, last week.

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