'Dress sexy a bit, lah': Tackling sexual harassment in Malaysia


Until there is a comprehensive law that can protect them, victims don’t feel safe reporting sexual harassment. Photo: 123rf.com

Amelia* (not her real name), 38, who works in a male-dominated field – building and construction – often has to put up with sexist remarks and behaviour from her male colleagues and superiors. They would tease her for "dressing like an ah ma (old lady)" and urge her to “sexy a bit, lah”, especially when meeting important clients.

One male colleague keeps making remarks laden with sexual innuendos about Amelia even in her presence.

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