PETALING JAYA: Public uproar has erupted after a woman, who was decently dressed, was handed a sarong by a Road Transport Department (JPJ) officer and asked to cover up.
Suzanna G.L. Tan posted on Facebook a photograph of her wearing a blouse with a skirt that ended just above the knee when she went to a JPJ office to transfer the ownership of her car which she had sold.
Another photograph showed her wearing a sarong at the JPJ counter.
While she was at a counter to get a queue number, she claimed that she was handed the sarong to wear â€œor they would not entertain meâ€.
This was despite the fact that only her upper body was visible to the officer across the counter window.
â€œI do not know if I should laugh or cry,â€ said Tan, who did not specify the date or location of the JPJ office.
Other Facebook users were enraged.
â€œI think the JPJ is rude for embarrassing people like that. Itâ€™s not like sheâ€™s wearing a bikini,â€ wrote Syazalia Razali.
Napsiah Wan Salleh posted: â€œI know of a dress code for women to enter the Parliament ie hemline must be below the knees. But JPJ? This is wacko. There is no dress code to enter a JPJ premise except that one must dressed decently.â€
Leon Chan said: â€œYou just cannot impose your values onto others, period.â€
A JPJ public relations officer said: â€œWe are investigating when and where the incident happened. If we know where it happened, we want a report from that office.â€
Asked if there was a dress code for JPJ customers, he said: â€œWe have to dress accordingly, based on the dress code of entering a government premises. In some of our offices, a dress code signboard is put up on the walls of these offices. I believe there was one in this office.â€
JPJ posted a notice on its Twitter account last night, stating that visitors should obey the dress code.
â€œVisitors are prohibited from wearing shorts, short skirts below the knees, sleeveless tops, tight skirts and slippers,â€ it said.