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Khairy wants guidelines for 'gatal' men
Published:  Jun 16, 2015 5:32 PM
Updated: 12:08 PM

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has suggested that critics of Malaysia's female athletes' attire should have a hard look at themselves.

After speaking to the press in Singapore this afternoon, Khairy tweeted: "Should also have guidelines for gatal men to lower their gaze when they can't contain themselves watching sports."

This is his latest jibe at critics of gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi over her choice of attire when competing.

According to Channel News Asia , Khairy had earlier claimed that Farah Ann is a victim of sexism.

"think this whole incident also smacks of sexism. Nobody has complained about … kinky Speedos, or Sazali (Samad) wearing tight shorts when he flexes his muscles but when it comes to gymnasts, suddenly it’s a big problem.

"I think there’s a lot of hypocrisy going around here and I don’t tolerate it. I don’t care what people say. This is sports. Leave sports alone," he said.

Khairy added that athletes should wear whatever they want as long as it is approved by the sport's governing body.

"That's his or her choice, what he or she wants to wear," said Khairy.

Despite winning six medals, including two golds, some netizens chose to criticise Farah Ann's attire instead of congratulating her for the amazing feat.

They claimed that her attire was too revealing and un-Islamic. Farah Ann, 21, is a Muslim.

Khairy has been vocal against Farah Ann's critics but it appeared not everyone in the cabinet shared the same sentiment.

Last night, minister in charge of Islamic affairs Jamil Khir Baharom told the Dewan Rakyat that Muslims have an obligation to cover the " aurat ", regardless of the circumstances .

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