Hannah Yeoh, the Minister of Youth and Sports, has advised athletes to be cautious when using social media platforms. She hopes that the National Sports Council (NSC) will conduct courses to help athletes learn proper online social etiquette.
Yeoh explained that they are arranging various courses and programmes to assist athletes as each of them has a social media account. However, she also called for the cooperation of the athletes themselves to ensure success.
Yeoh made these comments during a breaking fast ceremony organized by the NSC in Bukit Jalil last night. Recently, some athletes have used their social media platforms to express their emotions following losses in certain tournaments. While this is normal behavior, some of their posts have raised concern.
For instance, national hockey player Hanis Nadiah Onn was suspended after she made a racist comment about attendees of Indian composer A.R. Rahman’s concert at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in January. In another example, independent men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia expressed his frustration with his performance at March’s German Open by posting “I am f***ing done.”
Most recently, independent men’s singles shuttler Soong Joo Ven received threatening and rude messages following his defeat at the qualifying round of Spain Masters last month.