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Mah: Denying Service Over Dress Code IS Extreme

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KUALA LUMPUR : The extreme actions of certain officers from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) could disrupt all the positive progress made by the department.

Referring to a recent incident at the JPJ where a decently-dressed woman was forced to wear a sarong for allegedly dressing indecently, Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (pic) said it was a little extreme.

“Yes there are dress codes and that is good, but I believe they should not be so extreme in the implementation so as to deny the woman service.”

“We are a rational and open country and it should be the right of the woman to choose her own clothing. In my opinion she was dressed decently so it was unnecessary to have made her put on that sarong,” he said.

He added that the JPJ had improved their services tremendously over the years and should not let such incidents hold them back.

“One incident like this is enough to tarnish their image, and while paying attention to this the people will forget the 99 good things done by the department.”

“So they should really be careful and not allow incidents like this to be repeated.”

In the JPJ incident, Suzanna GL Tan posted on Facebook that she was told by JPJ officials to wear a sarong or they would not entertain her.

In the post Suzanna shared a picture of her wearing a blouse and a skirt that ended just above her knees and another picture of her wearing the sarong.