ANY public place has a right to its rules and regulations.
People dress appropriately according to the place and occasion, for example, at the gym, swimming pool, mosque and at formal functions.
Why the uproar against the dress code at a library?
Granted, the library is a place for reading and borrowing books. But do all (especially the youngsters) have the same objective when visiting the library?
Some may go there to loiter, to attract or distract members of the opposite gender and to parade their figures, among others.
With the current trend of fashion that leaves very little to the imagination – blouses baring midriffs, two-strap blouses or dresses, very short shorts or skirts and the like, one is not surprised that some readers, instead of peering at their books, are peering at the cleavages of some over-endowed girls dressed not too decently.
With a dress code, this scenario will not occur.
Adhering to a dress code helps to lessen distraction. Thus a dress code is reader-friendly. It helps the readers to focus on their books!
TAN LEE HUAN, Bukit Mertajam. (via e-mail)