Kelantan to enforce policy on sex-segregated queues

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 Jan 2008

KOTA BARU: All supermarkets and hypermarkets must have three separate checkout counters or risk being fined following a decision to enforce the policy more strictly in Kelantan. 

The three counters were reserved for single males, single women and families and all large-scale shopping outlets must have them, said state local government committee chairman Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan. 

He admitted that enforcement had been lax and Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who is also spiritual adviser of PAS which rules the state, had chided local authorities here for not enforcing the rule of separate checkout counters. 

A study by the Kota Baru Municipal Council showed several cases of women customers being harassed by men at common checkout counters, Takiyuddin said after a state executive councillors meeting. 

Therefore, all supermarkets and hypermarkets, including the newly established Tesco outlet, must abide by the decision or risk being fined up to RM1,000 for each offence, he said.  

Takiyuddin said female cashiers would be allowed at the checkout counters reserved for single males.  

“There is nothing wrong in allowing female cashiers at counters meant for single males. With a third checkout counter, families can use it – meaning those who are married and with families,” he said. 

Takiyuddin said the state was serious about this policy as it moved to enforce the principles of Islamic governance.