MINISTRY: HER RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED
No reason for anyone to say such word unless there was fixed dress code
ACHESS tournament organiser has been said to have violated a competitor’s basic rights after he allegedly labelled the dress of the 12-year-old as “seductive” during a game in Putrajaya last month.
The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry said there was no reason for anyone to say such a word unless there was a fixed dress code.
“Chess is a sport that can stimulate and develop a child’s mind. It also gives them the opportunity to interact socially among themselves.
“The organisers have denied the child’s right of development and participation in the activity.”
The ministry said it would enquire the organisers for information and clarification over the incident.
Mixed opinions and comments from Netizens continued to pour in as tournament director Sophian A. Yusuf refuted claims that he was the one who said the girl’s dress was “seductive”.
Facebook user Lawrence Ho Now said: “We need to get the coach and the chief arbiter to clarify. Reports said the coach said, the chief arbiter said, the tournament director said. So, who said what?”
Omar Khayyam said: “There are always two sides to a story. Raising an issue on social media would not necessarily make things better. Look at the harm done. As in the saying, no harming nor reciprocating harm.”
Meanwhile in George Town, Penang Chess Association president Lee Ewe Ghee said chess tournament organisers should clearly spell out the dress code in tournament regulations to avoid any further controversy.
He said this was necessary so that participants would be informed of any dress code requirement beforehand.
“There are tournaments in Malaysia, like the National School Chess Championship, that have strict dress codes, where even boys aren’t allowed to wear shorts.”
Lee said even international chess championships, like the recently concluded Women World Chess Championship in Iran, had dress regulations.