Vell Paari: Re­fus­ing work­ers in head­scarves dis­crim­i­na­tory

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KUALA LUMPUR: Re­fus­ing women wear­ing head­scarves to work in ho­tels is dis­crim­i­na­tory against the Mus­lim com­mu­nity in Malaysia said MIC.

MIC trea­surer-gen­eral Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari said the state­ment made by the Malaysian As­so­ci­a­tion of Ho­tels (MAH) was akin to telling Mus­lim women to work else­where if they re­fused to ad­here to the no-head­scarf pol­icy.

“I find the state­ment by MAH chair­man Sa­muel Cheah Swee Hee ir­re­spon­si­ble. May I re­mind Mr Sa­muel that Malaysia is a mul­tira­cial coun­try and any form of dis­crim­i­na­tion against any re­li­gion will not be tol­er­ated,” he said on Mon­day.

The ban on head­scarves was un­fair, he said, as these women were not al­lowed to work in five-star ho­tels just be­cause of their re­li­gious re­quire­ments and be­liefs.

Vell Paari urged Cheah to look at the coun­try’s first point of en­try, the air­ports, where Mus­lim women in head­scarves work.

“Un­til now no tourist, upon see­ing our women im­mi­gra­tion staff wear­ing a head­scarf, has de­cided to not en­ter Malaysia.”

Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari

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