The Terengganu state government has reinforced its ban on unisex hair salons in the state, and operators who were found to have violated the gender-segregation licensing regulation will be slapped with a fine of between RM500 and RM1,000.
State executive councillor Datuk Dr Alias Razak said that this is not a new rule, but it has always been in the licensing regulation under the jurisdiction of the state government.
“The rules are not only enforced on premises operated by Muslims, but on non-Muslim operators too.”
“Hair salons or barbershops are prohibited from providing haircut services for men and women in the same premise.”
“There are no exemptions for hair salons or barbershops that are operated by non-Muslims. This is because if we were to allow non-Muslim female hairdressers to provide haircuts for male customers, there is a possibility that Muslim men will go and patronise them too” he said, reported New Straits Times.
Alias, who is in charge of the state Housing and Local Government Committee, then warned that operators who violated the licensing regulations will be fined or risk having their licences revoked.
Received complaints from locals
Earlier, during a debate session in the state assembly sitting on Tuesday (29 November), assemblyman Zuraida Md Noor called for stern action to be taken to ensure that barbershops and spas in the state comply and adhere to Syariah requirements and gender-segregation regulations.
She then emphasized on the need for barbershops for men to be run by men, and hairdressing salons for women must only be run by women.
Zuraida also shared that she had received several complaints from local folk who expressed their concerns about men and women being in the same premises.