Hanis Nadiah was suspended due to racist comments

Hanis Nadiah was suspended due to racist comments

KUALA LUMPUR: The national women’s hockey squad player, Hanis Nadiah Onn, has been suspended from participating in any international assignments including the 2023 Cambodia SEA Games.

This is after Hanis was found guilty for having uploaded a racist tweet regarding the concert of artist and composer from India, AR Rahman on January 28.

According to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) in a statement, the decision was made as a result of a meeting between the Investigation Committee of the National Sports Council (MSN) and the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (KHM), on February 7.

“The committee found that Hanis was guilty as an individual for making statements or comments publicly on his social media account that were aimed at insulting, cursing or insulting another party.

“Hanis was also found guilty for making comments that could be misunderstood or cause misunderstanding, annoyance or anger to another party and as a national hockey player, Hanis was found guilty for making comments that caused damage to the image of the team and KHM which clearly violated the KHM code of ethics

“The KHM will reassess this decision if Hanis exhibits a positive change in attitude throughout the period,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

In the meeting, KBS said, the Investigation Committee jointly chaired by MSN Director General, Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail and KHM President, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal had called Hanis for an interview session to help investigate the issue.

According to KBS, in the session in question, Hanis admitted to uploading a caption saying ‘it’s the best smell in there’ along with a laughing emoji that brought tears to the pictures and videos of the concert.

“Hanis insisted that she did not have any racist sentiments when she uploaded the tweet which was just a joke and referred to the state of the stadium filled with tens of thousands of spectators and he only realized the existence of racist elements after being reprimanded by netizens.

“Following the reprimand, Hanis deleted the comment on the morning of January 29 and made a public apology through her social media page due to the mistake.

“Hanis admitted that she was very sorry for the continuation of his insults and insisted that she was not a racist and grew up in a pluralistic society in Kluang, Johor and had many Indian friends, especially as a national athlete,” she said.

Meanwhile, KBS also informed that the Investigation Committee has also summoned the coach of the national women’s hockey squad, Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim who stated that as the main player of the team, Hanis has a humble character and is highly disciplined throughout training and tournaments.

According to KBS, Mohd Nasihin also admitted that Hanis has many hockey friends among the Indians and they get along without any problems due to her easy-going nature with his teammates.

“The committee hopes that the action will be a useful reminder and lesson for Hanis and all national athletes to always be careful with any posts or comments on all social media platforms,” ​​he said.

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