Forget the economy. Forget trying to restructure state-owned Malaysia Airlines to make it profitable once again. No, Malaysian members of Parliament are focused on FAs attire on the nation’s budget carriers.
From The Straits Times:
Senator Abdullah Mat Yasim, a division chief of the ruling Umno party, said in Parliament the fitted attire of AirAsia’s and Firefly’s female flight attendants can “arouse passengers”, the New Straits Times reported.
The “eye-catching outfits” also do not reflect the status of Islam as the official religion of Malaysia, Mr Abdullah added, according to the newspaper. ”The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) must really look into this,” he said when debating the MAVCOM (Amendment) Bill 2017 in Parliament on Monday.
Yes, let’s make that the top priority.
Oh, and it wasn’t just Senator Yasim…
His view was supported by Senator Megat Zulkarnain Omardin, who suggested that the airlines redesign the uniforms.
“My wife is worried whenever I fly alone on Malindo or AirAsia,” Megat, who is also general-secretary of the Malaysian National Silat Federation, quipped. ”This is a real hassle for me,” he said, drawing laughter from other members of the Dewan Negara or Upper House of Parliament.
That’s such a hassle…
One thing is certain: women are objectified at Air Asia, Firefly, and Orange Crush. But that doesn’t seem to be the concern. Instead, the issue is prudish men who were never trained by their mothers to look the other way. The poor stewardesses…
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Of course it could be worse.
Last week, Senator Hanafi Mamat from Kelantan said attendants should wear “syariah-compliant” uniforms as Malaysia is an Islamic country.
Top image: Air Asia / Facebook
Other than being tight and their marketing poses being suggestive, the uniforms are not revealing, or arousing. No one wants to see crew covered from head to toe.
Since the objection is based upon “Islam as the official religion of Malaysia” that’s probably exactly what he wants.
Separation of church and state. A good idea then and now.
too much for the average Malay politician to be able to control their “urges ” ?