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'Female Muslim Workers Asked to Cover-Up Properly in Malaysia'

A woman walks past a sign with information about a dress code outside a government building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 15, 2015. Women in Malaysia, long seen as a moderate Islamic nation, have been denied entry to government buildings on the grounds their skirts were too revealing, fanning fears of growing conservatism in a country with large non-Muslim minorities/Reuters

A woman walks past a sign with information about a dress code outside a government building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 15, 2015. Women in Malaysia, long seen as a moderate Islamic nation, have been denied entry to government buildings on the grounds their skirts were too revealing, fanning fears of growing conservatism in a country with large non-Muslim minorities/Reuters

Malaysia will soon implement dress code female workers as per Islamic law.

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Kuala Lumpur: Muslim women working in fast-food outlets and hypermarkets in Malaysia's Kelantan state have been asked to cover themselves properly as per Islamic law, including wearing long-sleeved uniforms, by next year.

Most female workers on such premises currently are wearing short-sleeved T-shirts.

State Local Government, Housing, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Abdul Fattah Mahmood said non-Muslim staff were not included in the new ruling by the state government, but they were advised to dress decently.

"The committee had a discussion with several hypermarkets and business operators over the issue recently. We want them to plan a proper uniform for Muslim workers and they have agreed in principle to our proposal," he said.

Fattah said the state government also encouraged food traders operating at night markets and food stalls to introduce long-sleeved attire for their workers, which would help in the campaign to promote hygienic practices on their premises.

"The ruling is a must for Muslim women workers, but non-Muslims are encouraged to wear proper clothes. I would like to thank the non-Muslim community in the state for their support of the state government's policy," the minister said.

Kelantan is the only state in Muslim majority Malaysia that implements such Islamic laws.

  • Tags: islamic law
  • First Published: July 11, 2016, 5:08 PM IST
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