Nazri: Barring Muslim staff from wearing headscarves is unconstitutional


Minister of tourism malaysia Nazri
Tourism and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz. [Pic file]
KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz regards the policy of some hotels barring Muslim front liners from wearing headscarves as against the constitution.

He said, such policy is rude and irresponsible. The country has laws and if it is true this is an instruction it means they have gone against the Malaysian Constitution. 

Nazri questioned why international hotel chains are operating in Malaysia if they bar staff from wearing headscarves.

“Come to our country and respect our laws as 60 percent of Malaysians are Muslims and the headscarf is a norm here,” said Nazri at a press conference at the Parliament Lobby on Tuesday.

He added big hotel chains from countries like United States of America and the United Kingdom are those that emphasise on human rights and if they are not willing to conform to the country’s values then they are not welcomed. 

The minister also mentioned that Malaysia is ranked the12th in the world in attracting the tourists.

“The local hotels can fill the gap if hotel chains do not want to follow our ways,” he said.

Nevertheless he said, the ministry has no power to revoke the licenses of hotels involved in discriminatory practices but it is under the purview of the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT).

Earlier on 6th Nov. the Union Network International-Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI-MLC) in a statement said that it had received numerous complaints from female hotel employees claiming that their management did not allow them to wear headscarf at work.

However on Nov.11, Malaysia Hotels Association (MAH) told The Star that the policy has been practiced in international hotel chains for a long time.        

The association’s chairman, Samuel Cheah Swee Hee said, there are many other employment opportunities for Muslim employees including working in the backhouse or choosing to work in the hotels that incorporate the headscarf as its uniform.

The problem he said, they want to work in the 5 star global hotel brands, but they do not want to follow the uniform policy that has become their worldwide standard


–Malaysia World News



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