2 women told skirts were too short, forced to wear sarong to enter Selangor state building

Journalist C. Premanthini (right) together with the Klang resident at the Selangor State Secretariat building. The two women were told to wear a sarong to enter the building.
Journalist C. Premanthini (right) together with the Klang resident at the Selangor State Secretariat building. The two women were told to wear a sarong to enter the building. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

SHAH ALAM (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Following an incident where a woman in Malaysia was told to wear a sarong or be refused service at a Road Transport Department (JPJ) office, two women were told to cover up their legs or be denied entry to the Selangor State Secretariat building on Monday.

In a Facebook post, Klang MP Charles Santiago said that a journalist and a resident who were both invited for a press conference were denied entry for their skirts that ended above their knees.

"Both were told to wear a sarong to cover their legs as their dresses were perceived to be too short.

"Given that JPJ had publicly apologised weeks ago, why is the security in Selangor's State Secretariat enforcing this policy?" he questioned.

Journalist C. Premananthini, 32, said that she was at the guardhouse obtaining a visitor pass when one of the guards on duty told her that her knee-length dress was too short.

The guard then told her that they had a sarong which she could don so she could gain access to the building.

"As the guard was saying this, another of his colleagues held out a green sarong on a hanger, ready to be passed to me," she said.

Ms Premananthini said she asked the guard why was she being treated similar to the JPJ incident, but the guards did not respond.

Another resident, who arrived for the press conference earlier, also said that she was told to cover up her legs.

She managed to enter the building after wrapping her legs with a scarf she borrowed from a friend.

Both the women entered the building through different entrances.