KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 — Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim said today he would hold talks with the Malaysian Weightlifting Association over Commonwealth Games gold medalist Aricco Jumitih’s decision to wear a vest with a Sabah flag on it during his event in New Delhi this week.
Aricco’s vest also had the word “Sabah” on the back instead of “Malaysia.”
In the 62 kg weightlifting event held on Tuesday, Sabahan Aricco wore a vest bearing the flag of his home state instead of the Jalur Gemilang usually worn by national athletes participating in international events.
“We are waiting to discuss this issue with the (weightlifting) association. I am aware of it, but let us discuss it first. I don’t wish to comment further,” Razali told The Malaysian Insider.
The incident follows criticisms about the Malaysian contingent’s untidy attire during the opening ceremony last weekend.
National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong had commented that the Malaysian contingent appeared untidily dressed during the opening ceremony on Sunday.
“I saw the national contingent’s parade on opening night... They just didn’t look neat. They did not button their blazers, they also did not wear neckties. Some wore songkok, some did not. This made out contingent look untidily dressed,” Zolkples told Utusan Malaysia earlier this week.
He stressed, however, that the national contingent’s unkempt look had nothing to do with the choice of attire.
“It was not caused by improper choice of clothes. This is not the first time we have worn blazers to a major sporting event,” Zolkples said.
It is unclear if action would be taken against Aricco.
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