Sultan of Selangor defends gymnast

Petaling Jaya - The ruler of Selangor has expressed his displeasure at those picking on the attire of national artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi.

In a congratulatory letter to Farah, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said she made the whole of Malaysia, including Selangor, proud. "Criticising your attire should be the last matter in the minds of those who commented negatively on social media. They should be celebrating your achievements for Malaysia and Selangor," he said in the letter.

Farah, accompanied by her father, Mr Abdul Hadi Ahmad, received the letter from a Selangor Istana official on Friday.

She had been criticised for allegedly "exposing" herself by wearing the regular leotard for female gymnasts at the Singapore SEA Games.

She won two gold medals, a silver medal and three bronze medals.

Farah said: "I would like to express my highest gratitude towards the Sultan of Selangor for taking his time to write me the letter."

Meanwhile, Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim - the third child of the Sultan of Johor - has weighed in on the recent controversies involving several women who were barred from entering public buildings for wearing clothing deemed by some to be "inappropriate".

On his Instagram account, the Prince posted a quote from popular Zimbabwean-born Mufti Ismail Musa Menk that read: "When you see a female dressed in a manner that is unacceptable Islamically, do not for a moment think that she is lower than you spiritually.

"She might have a heart that is tons better than yours. She might have one weakness that is outward, and you have 50 weaknesses that are hidden."

The Star/Asia News Network

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 28, 2015, with the headline 'Sultan of Selangor defends gymnast'. Print Edition | Subscribe