The State of Kelantan intends to protect the 'virtue' of women, so said the State's Menteri Besar, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat of the fundamentalist Islamic Party, PAS.
PAS which governs Kelantan has introduced fines for women working in shops and restaurants who wear clothes such as mini-skirts, see-through blouses and tight trousers (eg. jeans) which it labelled as 'sexy' outfits.
Nik Aziz said: "A woman who wears an indecent outfit does not respect herself, so how can she expect men to respect her."
Wearing jeans sexy?
OK, but then PAS has only targeted women, which is hardly surprising considering its record. Why not fine men in jeans too?
An Aussie woman once told me she felt 'hot' when she saw French Rugby players (in Australia), especially when those French men were off the field dressed in jeans. So I tried a "Bonjour Mademoiselle" on her but all I got back was a smile, a "cut it out, KT" and a smart pat (in fact a grope) on my bottom, which mind you, was not clad in jeans.
Remember Melissa Darylene Chow? She recently suffered the injury of having a Penang Council security staff trained his CCTV on her thighs (looking for DNA samples?) and worse, the subsequent insult of being verbally assaulted by the Council president who blamed her for overexposing her thighs.
Mind you, if she was in Kelantan, she would be poorer by RM500. regardless of whether she's Muslim or not ..... which of course raises constitutional issues of whether a non-Muslim Malaysian may be penalised on Islamic rules and regulatory criteria?
Well, all I can advice Melissa is, please don’t let NST send you to KB.
But spare a thought for those Muslim women in KB shops who had been fined RM50 each time they forget to wear their tudung (Islamic-Arab head covering for women).
Hanisa Ismail, a Kelantan lady who works as a shoe shop assistant revealed her own experience.
She said: “I wear it because it is required by the local authorities. I only wear it at work. At home or out socialising, I do not wear it. Wearing of scarves and tudung must come from the heart and a person must not be forced.”
Tan Swee Nan, a manager of a franchise outlet, said that the KB council has been bullying female workers on the dress code. She added that some of her Muslim co-workers were fined RM50 just for not wearing a tudung.
She averred: “I know of female workers who run and hide when they see council enforcement officers on their rounds because they forgot to wear their tudung. There must be a practical approach.”
But under the KB Municipal dress regulations, Muslim women must wear dresses which cover their ankles and a tudung which covers the hair and forehead. Hmmm, what about poverty, unemployment, justice for the poor, flood control, illiteracy, etc?
Non-Muslims aren't spared either, providing us with a glimspe of PAS' intention under an Islamic State rule it proposes. The non-Muslim women (men excused) must wear outfits which do not expose the navel, or reveal cleavage (c'mon lah, Pak Haji!) or emphasise the buttocks (emphasised? Aren't buttocks ... er ... buttocks?)
They are banned from wearing body-hugging outfits, blouses which show the navel, see-through blouses, mini skirts and tight pants.
F**k it then, I am not going to KB too if I can’t see cleavages, body-hugging outfits and mini skirts. I could bloody well die a 'virgin', and for a Chinese Malaysian to die a virgin means KTemoc is without 'virtue' and a damn disgrace to my Chinese ancestors.
But more importantly, PAS has presented non-Muslim Malaysians with a dilemma - whether to vote for PAS with its 'sword of Islam' ideology or UMNO with its 'keris of ketuanan Melayu' doctrine?