Islamic Lifestyle

Why deny one’s freedom of religious practice? - Abim on headscarf ban policy

| 13 November, 2017
 NOR AIN MOHAMED RADHI
Why deny one’s freedom of religious practice? - Abim on headscarf ban policy
(File pix) Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) Women’s Affairs (Helwa) deputy president Nor Azura Kamarudin Sohaimi said such move was also a violation of Article 5 of the Federal Constitution. / New Straits Times

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 | 1:59PM MYT | KUALA LUMPUR

Banning women who wear headscarves from working in the frontline shows failure on the part of the employers to respect the freedom of religion practice, Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) said.

Its Women’s Affairs (Helwa) deputy president Nor Azura Kamarudin Sohaimi said such move was also a violation of Article 5 of the Federal Constitution.

“Based on a statement issued by the Malaysia Association of Hotels (MAH) recently, in connection with the ban on the use of headscarves, it clearly denies one’s right to freedom of religious practice.

“It was also contrary to the Article 5 of the Federal Constitution, where no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty saves in accordance with the law.

“Therefore, we urge the relevant authorities such as the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Human Resources Ministry to issue an official statement on the matter.

“This is to enlighten the public on the issue as it touches religious sensitivities and human rights,” she said in a statement.

Recently, Malaysian Labour Centre of the Union Network International had received a complaint from a woman who was ordered to remove her headscarf while working in a hotel.

MAH president Cheah Swee Han however defended the hotel’s action, saying it was part of an international policy and that every hotel had their own standard operation procedures.

Nor Azura said such ban should not have taken place, not only in the tourism industry but other industries as well.

“Many women leaders and professionals in various fields also wear headscarves.

"Do not let this polemic affect the country's reputation as well as the tourism industry that is integral to the global development.” she said.

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