30 Jun '15, 2pm

Debate over rising conservatism in Malaysia after dress code incidents. @sumishanaidu reports h…

Debate over rising conservatism in Malaysia after dress code incidents. @sumishanaidu reports h…

KUALA LUMPUR: With a multicultural population, Malaysia has been known to be one of the world's more moderate Muslim nations. But lately some incidents surrounding appropriate attire have sparked debate about rising conservatism in the country. It is not uncommon to find warnings about dress codes outside government buildings across the nation. They typically require men to wear collared shirts and long pants while women are typically required to cover their shoulders and wear skirts that fall below the knees. The guidelines are not necessarily new, but some say authorities are introducing new ways of enforcing them. In early June, one woman took to Facebook to complain about being forced to wear a sarong to cover up her legs at the Road Transport Department. This led to more complaints, including one from another woman told to cover up at a hospital. The cases have sparke...

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