Tudung issue continues to be hot debate topic

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  • Tuesday, 28 Mar 2006

THE tudung issue continued to be a hot topic for debate in the Dewan Rakyat with one Sarawak backbencher registering his uneasiness.  

Jimmy Donald (BN – Sri Aman) said, when debating the motion of thanks on the royal address, that the directive looked as if it was made to show that there was now a new person in-charge. Jimmy was referring to the Inspector-General of Police.  

The IGP recently directed all policewomen to wear the tudung at official parades. 

Jimmy also said such directives were difficult for MPs to defend in Parliament. 

Fong Po Kuan (DAP – Batu Gajah) delivered an emotional speech, saying: “It goes against the Constitution, Islam and Islam Hadhari.”  

She said this move could become the green light for other government agencies to force women to wear the tudung

Chow Kon Yeow (DAP – Tanjong) interjected, saying that the directive would discourage non-Muslims from joining the police. 

Chong Eng (DAP – Bukit Mertajam) said an exception to the uniform was made many years ago for Muslim women who chose to wear the tudung

“Now, those who do not want to wear it have lost their freedom to choose.”  

Earlier, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz criticised Teresa Kok (DAP – Seputeh) who said the IGP's directive was an infringement of human rights. 

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