It turns out that women are experiencing being denied entry into government facilities by security guards who deem their attire as “provocative and indecent” despite their modest dressing.
Recently, an administrative clerk, Leni Fernandez had experienced this at the Wisma Persekutuan government complex, the federal government building in Johor Baru when she was stopped from entering.
At that time, she was wearing a long-sleeved dress that ended 7cm below her knees and closed-toe shoes.
Since the incident, she has been getting several messages from friends and strangers, both in and out of Johor, sharing their tales of rejection.
“One of the women told me she wore a dress with a below-the-knee hemline to a government office recently but was stopped by a security guard.”
“She had no choice but to unwrap the batik cloth she used to swaddle her baby and fashion it into a sarong skirt to cover up.”
“Another woman shared that a Rela member turned her away from the Home Ministry complex in Setia Tropika despite her wearing a dress that ended below her knees.”
“The man apparently said her outfit was inappropriate and made of ‘see-through’ material and told her to put on a pair of pants,” Fernandez was quoted as saying by The Star, adding that she had to go home and change.
She then lamented the authorities for shaming women, especially non-Muslims, who were subjected to “fashion and moral policing by security guards, which disrupts schedules and tasks”.
Fernandez suggested that security guards could provide polite reminders to the individuals to dress more appropriately for their next visit instead of denying their entry.
In the meantime, she said women should stand firm and defend themselves in such situations if they feel that their dressing is appropriate.
She also hopes that all government facilities could provide a standard dress code with clear visuals to prevent security guards from imposing their own ideas of modest dressing on others.
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