It was reported in May last year that Sophian intended to sue a total of four persons for defamation, including the girl’s chess coach Kaushal Khandar.
20 February 2018
Zuraida sued over chess tourney ‘short dress’ fiasco
The tournament director of the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 has filed suit against PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin for allegedly defaming him over the issue of a 12-year-old’s attire at the tournament.
Sophian A Yusof, 44, who is also assistant secretary of the Malaysia Chess Federation, filed the suit on Nov 20 last year, with case management coming up today at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
He alleges that a statement issued by Zuraida last April had put him in a bad light, and caused irreparable damage to his reputation.
In the statement, the Ampang MP said that she was “appalled and disgusted” with the actions of Sophian and another member of the tournament’s organising committee.
Sophian…claims that the statement was issued in mala fide, since it implied he was not only incompetent, but also a paedophile who posed a danger to children.
Besides general, special, exemplary and aggravated damages, he is seeking for the statement to be removed from all media, a permanent injunction to prevent its dissemination, and an apology from the PKR lawmaker.
In her defence filed on Jan 18 to have the suit struck out, Zuraida claimed the Reynolds defence (qualified privilege) and fair comment, and insisted that there was no malice in the statement.
She also argued that the statement cited in Sophian’s statement of claim was not produced in full in news reports, and said she was only expressing her opinion that the 12-year-old should not be disallowed from participating due to her choice of attire.
Following case management today, the matter has been fixed for trial on July 23, 25 and 26 before Justice Rohani Ismail, with April 13 fixed for further case management.
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Chess championship director to file defamation suit over Facebook post
KUALA LUMPUR: National Scholastic Chess Championship director Sophian A.Yusuf will file a suit against chess coach Kaushal Khandar for making allegedly defamatory statements over a controversy regarding a girl’s dressing at the tournament.
“We will commence legal action against Kaushal as soon as we get his full particulars,” said Sophian’s lawyer Mohd Harris Abdullah.
He added that Sophian might also sue three others, including certain politicians.
“We are looking at the possibility of suing those who have taken this Facebook post and made populist statements for their political survival,” said Mohd Harris.
Harris said that he would be sending the letters of demand by next week, even if they issued an apology.
“We must send them a notice of demand asking them to apologise. That is the first step to legal action. But we will still sue,” said Mohd Harris at a press conference on Wednesday.
Mohd Harris said his firm was collecting a list of people who have slandered his client.
Sophian also told reporters that he had lodged a police report against Kaushal.
10 May 2017 | MYT 6:00 PM
Lawyer claims photo of girl in chess tournament incident was doctored
KUALA LUMPUR: The photo of the girl who was forced to withdraw from a chess tournament because she was said to be wearing an improper dress is doctored, claims a lawyer.
Mohd Harris Abdullah, who is representing the National Scholastic Chess Championship director Sophian A.Yusuf, said he had evidence that the length of the girl’s dress was above knee level, which is against the dress code of the school where the tournament was held.
“We have a photograph of her taken during the tournament which is completely different from the photograph in the Facebook post.
He claimed that the girl’s skirt was actually shorter than seen in the photograph that went viral together with the accusation that she was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
“They pulled down the skirt and then took the photograph,” he said.
Mohd Harris added that the photograph, which would be used as evidence in court, was taken by official tournament photographers.
“It looks like the evidence posted on the Internet was doctored to make it look bad,” he added.
4 May 2017
Chess federation to let cops handle skirt issue
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) will let police investigate the incident where a 12-year-old girl withdrew from a chess tournament purportedly for wearing an “improper” dress.
MCF deputy president Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah Raja Hussin said that as the tournament director had filed a police report, the federation will cease its investigations.
He said an Investigation Committee (IC) had been formed on April 30 and it was ascertained that the player was not disqualified or forced to withdraw.
Tengku Ahmad also said it had nothing to do with public statements or press conferences by both the tournament director and the chief arbiter of the National Scholastic Chess Championships 2017.
“We trust the police will expedite investigations into this matter and hope the matter can be resolved amicably.
“MCF will extend its fullest co-operation,” he said in a statement.
He also asked all parties not to mention the name of the player as she is a minor.
3 May 2017
Women’s ministry wades into chess tourney ‘seductive’ dress fiasco
The action of barring a female pupil from participating in a chess competition for wearing an allegedly seductive dress is denying the right of the child’s development and participation, unless the type of clothes to be worn is specified in the conditions of participation.
The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry said the organiser must give an explanation on the actual reason why the child was not allowed to participate, whether it was the issue of clothes or others.
“The Social Welfare Department is gathering information from the organiser on the matter,” said the ministry in a statement in Putrajaya today.
The ministry said the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which was ratified in 1995 stated that all children are recognised as individuals who have a basic right to grow up and are protected.
As such, it said the action of the organiser was a denial on the principle of participation which was one of the four principles held by the CRC, besides the right to life, protection, development and participation.
The ministry said the chess competition was a platform for the development of children, specifically in nurturing their hidden talents and skills.
“The opportunity for children to participate in this activity is not only a mental stimulus to children but also the chance to mix, exchange ideas, share experience and interact among themselves, from different races, sex, background, economic status and religious belief,” it said.
Now, chess tourney referee mulls legal action over dress-code row
BY KAMLES KUMAR
KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 — The chief arbiter of the National Scholastic Chess Championships 2017 is considering legal action against the mother and coach of a 12-year-old girl over claims she was forced to withdraw from the tournament over a dress code.
Disputing their version of events leading to the preteen’s withdrawal from the championship, KK Chan said he did not describe the girl’s dress as “seductive”, a term used in social media complaint by the coach.
The director of the championship, Sophian A. Yusof, similarly denied having used the word that the girl’s coach had used in the Facebook post on the incident.
“My lawyers are working on this now; they will be hearing from my lawyers. What they claimed is nonsense, it is ridiculous. It is absolutely false,” Chan told Malay Mail Online when contacted last night.
Recounting the episode from the tournament, Chan said the arbiters had “advised” the girl to change her dress following a complaint by a teacher from the hosting school.
He further insisted that this was not under the threat of disqualification. The competition itself did not have a specific dress code, and adopted the World Chess Federation’s Laws of Chess that require participants to portray a “dignified appearance”.
He acknowledged that he had approached the girl during active competition, but said he spent no more than “seconds” to convey the complaint.
Chan maintained he was also entitled to do so by virtue of being the chief arbiter at the tournament.
“I would never disqualify a participant for such reasons. I only advised her to cover up after a complaint.
“Personally, I don’t find anything wrong with her dress, but as the competition was held in a school, we abide by the hosts. One of the teachers, who was also an arbiter, raised the complaint,” Chan added.
He then shed light on what elicited the complaint, and explained that it was not the girl’s knee-length black-and-red striped dress per se, but that it shifted when she was seated.
The arbiters had advised the girl and her parent about the matter, but were ignored.
“The skirt was long, but when she sits it rises. I agree with the complaint that, in that position, it is inappropriate. That’s why we told her to change to a pair of slacks, but the mum didn’t listen,” he explained further.
Chan said he will lodge a complaint with the World Chess Federation (FIDE) on the matter, saying he was “shocked” by the allegations against his conduct.
2 May 2017
Under fire, chess tourney director says never saw girl or ‘seductive’ dress
KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 ― The director of the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 today denied using the word “seductive” to describe the attire of a 12-year-old girl who dropped out of the tournament.
Sophian A. Yusof insisted he could not have arrived at such a conclusion as he never saw the girl whose coach used Facebook to allege she was forced to withdraw from the competition as she did not have time to find clothing that would meet the purported dress code.
“I am being slandered. At all material times, I have never said the word ‘seductive’ during the whole tournament. I have never seen the player.
“I have no knowledge of how she was dressed during the whole tournament until someone posted it on social media,” he said in a press conference today.
Sophian added that the tournament’s arbiters had dealt with the girl’s case, and he only learned of the matter after the tournament ended on April 16.
He explained that the dress was initially flagged by an arbiter during the first round of the tournament, and the matter was assigned to a female assistant who advised the girl.
Sophian asserted that when the girl and her parents did not respond to the advice, the arbiter issued a warning after Round 2 commenced.
“Since the player has not changed the dress as she has was advised to in Round 1, the arbiter reported the dress to the chief arbiter,” Sophian explained.
Simon Thong Retweeted New Straits Times
It happened in 14 April and was reported on 28 April….Chess Fed will clarify. Tomorrow 3 May? https://weehingthong.org/2017/04/28/this-dress-on-a-12-year-old-girl-is-sexy-huh/ …
Simon Thong added,
Reveal chess tourney dress code, Wanita MIC demands
Wanita MIC wants the organisers of the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 to reveal the dress code, which was allegedly breached when a 12-year-old chess player wore a knee-length dress.
Wanita MIC chief Mohana Muniandy said organisers must also immediately explain and apologise over the matter.
“If they are saying she’s in violation, then they need to point out the dress code and which code was violated, or else it’s just an opinion that has no ground to stand on,” she said in a statement.
30 April 2017
12-year-old girl forced to withdraw from a chess tournament in Malaysia after her dress was considered “seductive”
Malaysian girl, 12, barred from chess tournament after officials deemed her striped dressseductive
12-Year-Old ‘Humiliated’ By Chess Tournament Officials Over ‘Seductive’ Dress http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/12-year-old-seductive-dress-chess-tournament_us_59053536e4b05c3976800b2e?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000050 …
The Washington Post
Photo: 12-year old Chess Player Drops out of Tournament in Malaysia over Inappropriate Dressing
|FIDE Chess Profile|
29 April 2017
MP: Keep ‘dirty minded’ chess match director away from girls
A PKR lawmaker has called for the removal of members of a chess tournament in Putrajaya to be removed for forcing a girl to quit the competition over her attire.
Zuraida Kamaruddin said she was ‘appalled and disgusted” with the actions of the tournament director and chief arbiter of the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017.
“I urge the relevant authorities to remove these two incompetent and dirty minded adults from their current positions, and never to let them near girls at all.
“In fact, there should be a court order to ensure that they keep a safe distance away from all girls,” said Zuraida in a statement today.
“Their behaviour is a threat to children especially girls.”
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — Shock, embarrassment and anxiety that anyone else would be “peeping” and judging her attire were what forced a 12-year-old promising chess player to drop out of a tournament halfway, her mother said.
Backing up a complaint by her daughter’s coach, Chin Wai Ling said the chief arbiter interrupted the game in Putrajaya a fortnight ago claiming the girl’s knee-length dress was “inappropriate” despite it not being “revealing”, The Star reported today.
“From that point onwards, she said all she could think of whether anyone was peeping throughout the game,” Chin was quoted as saying.
She said the tournament director allegedly told the chief arbiter that “the school will not allow the children to use the hall if we were to turn up in a dress”.
28 April 2017
maria Retweeted Malay Mail Online
1) she’s 12??? 2) stop oversexualizing girls, the dress isn’t even seductive 3) this is a chess competition not a fashion show
‘Seductive’ dress gets girl barred from chess tournament
PETALING JAYA: A 12-year-old girl was forced to withdraw from a chess championship for wearing a dress that was allegedly deemed “seductive” by the organisers of the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 on April 14 in Putrajaya.
Malaysian chess player and coach Kaushal Khandhar said that the girl, who is his student and a school chess champion of her district in Kuala Lumpur, felt “harassed and humiliated” by the actions of the tournament director and chief arbiter.
“In the middle of Round 2, without stopping the clocks, the chief arbiter informed my student that the dress she wore was improper,” said Kaushal in a Facebook post on Thursday night.
He said that the chief arbiter told the girl and her mother that the tournament director deemed that his student’s dress was “seductive” and a “temptation from a certain angle far, far away.”
Kaushal said the statement by the tournament director was “completely out of line” and “ridiculous”.
He added that the chief arbiter conceded and apologised to the girl after a discussion and assured her that there was nothing wrong with her attire. However, the chief arbiter said that she was not allowed to wear the dress due to the directive from the tournament’s director.
Kaushal said the girl and her mother were given the option to go to a nearby mall to purchase slacks for the next round of the tournament which began at 9am the following day.
However, the shops in the area were closed and would not be open in time for the next round of the tournament.
Kaushal said the girl’s mother called the tournament director regarding the matter before the next round began. The tournament director promised to call her back after a discussion with the chief arbiter, but that this did not happen, he said.
“He would not answer or return any calls of my student’s mother. This situation led to the inevitable decision to withdraw her from the tournament altogether,” said Kaushal.
“This incident has resulted in loss of time and money which was invested before, during and after the tournament on coaching, registration fees, travelling, accommodation and other incurred costs,” he added.
Kaushal said his student “is a bright young girl” who has shown “tremendous potential in chess.” But the incident has left her “extremely disturbed, and embarrassed,” he added.