PETALING JAYA, June 26 ― Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah fully backs national artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi and has expressed disapproval at those who picked on her attire during the 28th SEA Games in Singapore.

In his congratulatory letter to Farah, Sultan Sharafuddin said her achievement had made the whole country, including Selangor, proud.

The Sultan, as quoted by local daily The Star said in his letter, “Criticising your attire should be the last matter in the minds of those who commented negatively on social media.

He added, “They should be celebrating your achievements for Malaysia and Selangor.”


Accompanied by her father, Abdul Hadi Ahmad, Farah received the letter from a Selangor Istana official.

In his letter, the Selangor ruler said that he hoped Farah would not take the comments of narrow-minded people to heart and continue to strive to be the best in her field.

Farah, who wore a leotard, as all female gymnasts do, was criticised for allegedly “exposing” herself after winning two gold medals, a silver medal and three bronze medals at the recent Singapore Sea Games.