Introducing shariah-compliant uniforms for all Malaysian flight stewardesses is a no-go for the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam).
The union said that such a proposal was not only inappropriate, but also infringed on the individual rights of employees, reported Free Malaysia Today.
In a statement, it said: “Don’t let us disturb or interfere with what now exists”.
“If anyone wants to propose (wearing) the tudung, I think it’s better to form a new company that practises the shariah concept”.
Umno senator Datuk Hanafi Mamat suggested that shariah-compliant uniforms for flight stewardesses serving the country’s airline companies should be introduced to strengthen Malaysia’s image as a Muslim country during a debate on the Supply Bill 2018 on Dec 11..
In a Bernama report, he said: “We are proud that Malaysia is an Islamic country with its own cultural identity, but when our flight stewardesses dress up sexily and disrespectfully, this will give tourists who use the services of our national carriers the wrong impression.”
“The time has come for the government to provide new uniform guidelines which will portray Malaysia as a Muslim country with strong Eastern values”.
He added that such a change would not affect local airline companies as their survival depended on service quality – not attire.