Uniforms of Malaysian air stewardesses ‘being too revealing’ raised in Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR: The issue over uniforms of Malaysian air stewardesses being too revealing was raised in Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday (Dec 8).

The matter was brought up by Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman (PN-Kuala Krai) who wanted to know what was the government's stand on the issue.

"I would like to raise the issue over the rights of Muslim air stewardesses who are required to wear uniforms that do not ‘tutup aurat’ (covering parts of the body that should not be exposed according to Islamic belief).

"There are some who cover up at home or while on land but are forced to wear uniforms that do not cover up due to their job and rice bowl," he said when taking part in debates on Budget 2022 in Dewan Rakyat.

He wanted to know if the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry would champion the cause of Muslim air stewardesses on this issue.

In response, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun said that the issue of workers’ welfare came under the Human Resources Ministry based on the provisions under the Employment Act.

"Also the issue of workers' uniforms is governed under the policy of the airline companies which does not require approval from the Cabinet," she said, adding that she would take note of the issue raised by Abdul Latiff.

Last week, Abdul Latiff raised the issue in Dewan Rakyat of female Muslim hotel workers who were forced to wear short skirts while working.

He said there had been complaints by female Muslim employees working in hotels that they were not allowed to wear the tudung and made to wear short skirts instead.

He also lamented that Muslim employees working at convenience stores are required to sell alcohol beverages to customers, which was against Islamic teachings.

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