Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong said, however, athletes competing at international sporting events were subjected to dress code set by the respective sports governing bodies.
“We have no problem if the Syariah-compliant outfits are in accordance with the standards set by the governing bodies, we don’t force athletes to be Syariah-compliant in their attire,” he said in reply to a question from senator Lim Pay Hen.
Responding to a supplementary question from senator Sabani Mat on whether the ministry planned to set up an advisory panel to help formulate guidelines on Shariah-compliant attire in the country, Sim said there was no plan to do so at the moment.
“There is no need for it as we always respect the religions of athletes competing in any sporting event at the state, national and international levels,” he said.
The issue also drew the attention of senator Datuk Razali Idris who opined that wearing Syariah-compliant attire would not hinder or limit performances of athletes.
Citing Terengganu’s Azreen Nabila Alias as an example, he said the sprint athlete managed to win gold in the 2018 Malaysia Games women’s 100m event despite wearing Syariah-compliant attire.