No rea­son for any­one to say such word un­less there was fixed dress code

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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.

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