PUTRAJAYA, Jan 31 — The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) has asked the National Sports Council (MSN) to investigate a national female hockey player who allegedly made racist remarks on social media recently.
Minister Hannah Yeoh also urged the MSN to get help from the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) to investigate the matter.
“Once I get the opinion from the MSN we will decide. So today the MSN will discuss with MHC, I have also informed Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal (MHC president),” she said at the press conference in conjunction with the sports industry town hall session at Menara KBS here, today.
An Instagram account holder using the @niezhanis handle, believed to be the country’s women’s team hockey player, allegedly left a racist comment on an Instagram post related to the concert of a famous Indian singer and composer which was held recently in Kuala Lumpur.
After realising her comment had gone viral and sparked anger among netizens, she posted an apology on her Instagram Story today.
“I am Hanis Nadiah Onn, a national hockey player, with humility and responsibility would like to apologise for deliberately posting a comment on Jan 28,” she said in the post.
She said she realised that the comment had caused many parties to be affected, adding that she had deleted the comment.
“Throughout my 10-year involvement in hockey, I am surrounded by friends from different races who are constantly fighting for Malaysia.
“I regret my carelessness and again I apologise to those affected,” said the 26-year-old player who helped Malaysia win gold medals at the 2015 and 2017 SEA Games.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) will conduct an inquiry regarding the alleged racist remarks.
In a statement released today, MHC said their Disciplinary Committee will call in the player concerned for the inquiry, as part of its investigation on the alleged post.
“The findings of the inquiry will be submitted to Hannah Yeoh, Minister of Youth and Sports, for her further action,” it said. — Bernama