Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq was flamed for posting a shirtless photo

The photo has been removed from Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.
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Is it wrong for a Minister to post such a photo? Many Malaysians described the online post as behaviour that is unbecoming of a minister.

At 25, Mr Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is Malaysia’s youngest-ever minister and is the Youth and Sports Minister.

He uploaded a photo of himself in a bathtub, shirtless, on both his Twitter and Instagram accounts. The photo has been deleted from both his accounts.

The photo showed him undergoing cold water therapy – where he was immersed in ice water in a bathtub – after a friendly football match that was held in conjunction with Hari Sukan Negara 2018 last Saturday (Oct 13).

His team won a match 4-3 against Dugong Allstars, a team made up of local celebrities, with the minister scoring the decisive goal.

It is common practice among athletes though, to soak themselves in ice water after training or after a competition.

Mr Syed Saddiq has nearly 614,000 followers on Twitter, and around 1.5 million followers on Instagram.