OUTof LINE Nazri slams ho­tels for PRO­HIBIT­ING front­line staff from wear­ing hi­jab


KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has lashed out at international ho­tel chains here t hat are pro­hibit­ing their Mus­lim front­line staff from wear­ing hi­jabs, call­ing them “ku­rang ajar” (im­pu­dent).

He said t he ac­tion showed t he es­tab­lish­ments were ir­re­spon­si­ble and lack re­spect for the coun­try’s cul­ture and that it was against the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

“This ( hij ab ban) i s a f orm of dis­crim­i­na­tion. In the Con­sti­tu­tion, it is clear that there must not be any form of dis­crim­i­na­tion, be it against a re­li­gion, race, lan­guage or other (sub­jects).

“If it is true that this hi­jab ban is part of their stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure (SOP), then they are ku­rang ajar. Any­one who de­fends these SOPs are also ku­rang ajar, es­pe­cially if they are Malaysians,” he said af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing at the pre-launch of the 3rd KL International Craft Fes­ti­val at the Par­lia­ment build­ing yes­ter­day.

Nazri’s state­ment came af­ter a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Malaysian Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion (MEF), high­lighted that Mus­lim em­ploy­ees in ho­tels were be­ing told to re­move their hi­jabs when work­ing in front­line po­si­tions.

On Satur­day, the Malaysian As­so­ci­a­tion of Ho­tels (MAH) de­fended the pol­icy, say­ing it is international prac­tice and part of SOP for the ho­tels con­cerned, and is not

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