National hockey player suspended for racial slur made during AR Rahman concert
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 — National hockey player Hanis Nadiah Onn has been indefinitely suspended from the national team after making a racial slur during a recent AR Rahman concert.
In a statement today, the ministry said that the outcome of the investigation conducted by the National Sports Council (MSN) and Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) decided that Hanis would be excluded from the upcoming 2023 SEA Games held in Cambodia.
“Accordingly, the Investigation Committee decided for the MHF not to consider Hanis from representing the national hockey team in any international assignment including the Cambodia SEA Games 2023.
“The MHF will re-evaluate this decision if Hanis exhibits a positive change in attitude throughout the period,” it said.
Last month, Hanis had on her Instagram account allegedly left a racist comment on the concert last month, implying that it would have been smelly.
On January 31, Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh called MSN and MHF to form a committee to investigate the racial slur that was made by the national hockey player.
The statement today also said that the committee had summoned the national women’s hockey team coach, Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim to help with the investigation.
The investigation concluded that Hanis had uploaded racist remarks because the comment was directed at a concert in which the majority of the attendees were ethnic Indians.
It also found that Hanis is guilty of making comments that could be misunderstood or caused misunderstanding, annoyance or anger of another party and has violated MHF’s code of ethics.
“The committee hopes that the action will serve as a useful reminder and lesson to Hanis and all national athletes to always be careful with any posts or comments on all social media platforms,” it added.