Hi­jab ban for Mus­lim front­line ho­tel staff a form of dis­crim­i­na­tion – Nazri

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KUALA LUMPUR: The hi­jab ban for Mus­lim women work­ing at the front­line of ho­tels, as prac­tised by some ho­tel chains in this coun­try, is a form of dis­crim­i­na­tion, dis­re­spect­ful, ir­re­spon­si­ble, and a vi­o­la­tion of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz said yes­ter­day, ev­ery coun­try has its con­sti­tu­tion and law and any ac­tiv­ity un­der­taken can­not con­tra­vene the con­sti­tu­tion of that coun­try.

“The hi­jab ban is a form of dis­crim­i­na­tion be­cause the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion clearly states that there can be no dis­crim­i­na­tion on any ground, whether re­li­gion, race, lan­guage or oth­ers,” he told re­porters af­ter the pre-launch cer­e­mony of Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Craft Fes­ti­val (KLICF) 2017 at par­lia­ment build­ing, here.

The remarks were in re­sponse to a state­ment by Malaysian As­so­ci­a­tion of Ho­tels (MAH) chair­man Sa­muel Cheah Swee Hee that the hi­jab ban is a pol­icy prac­tised by in­ter­na­tional ho­tel chains that use the same Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dures (SOP) for their uni­forms world­wide.

“I do not think in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies have SOPs that pro­hibit a per­son us­ing a hood. I do not be­lieve that the rea­son given by MAH is in­cor­rect.

“We know big com­pa­nies (ho­tel chains) from the United States and Bri­tain em­pha­sise hu­man rights. So if its their prac­tice in their coun­try, I do not think they use such con­di­tions to op­er­ate ho­tels in other coun­tries.”

Nazri said his min­istry has yet to re­ceive any com­plaints on the hi­jab ban adding there was no need to sum­mon the MAH to give clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the mat­ter.

“The min­istry’s re­spon­si­bil­ity in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try is only on rat­ing, which is not based on the uni­form but the fa­cil­i­ties in the ho­tels.

“Li­cens­ing is the job of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and they must be firm by dis­al­low­ing any ho­tel com­pa­nies to use this con­di­tion to op­er­ate,” he added

KLICF 2017 will be held from Nov 23 to 26 at Dataran Pu­tra­jaya to pro­vide an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness plat­form for crafts­men from within and out­side the coun­try.

Some 170 crafts­men from 35 coun­tries in­clud­ing Ar­gentina, Brunei, Cuba, Nepal, Mal­dives and Pak­istan will par­tic­i­pate in KLICF 2017 which car­ries the theme ‘Craft Unites Peo­ple.’ Ber­nama


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