Malaysian City to What Non-Muslim Women Can Wear

While France and other European countries spend their time passing rules to prevent Muslim women from wearing burkas or headscarves, a Malaysian city decided in January to restrict what non-Muslim women can wear to work.

Kuala Terengganu’s city council is dominated by members of the Islamic PAS party and in January passed a law designed to prevent women from wearing “revealing” clothes to work. According to a BBC story on the new law,

Even non-Muslims will be banned from wearing short sleeved blouses, tight jeans, skirts with slits, or skirts cut above the knee.

Muslim women will have to wear a tudong, a headscarf drawn tightly about the face.

The traditional loosely draped Malay headscarf will be banned and the rules will apply to all work places.


Malaysian city rules on women. Jonathan Kent. The BBC, January 5, 2004.

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