Johor prince weighs in after 4 cases of women denied entry for attire deemed inappropriate

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim - the third child of the Sultan of Johor - has weighed in on the recent controversies involving women's clothing after a few women were barred from entering public places for wearing clothing deemed by some to be "inappropriate".

On his Instagram account, the Prince posted a quote from popular Zimbabwaen-born Mufti Ismail Musa Menk that read: "When you see a female dressed in a manner that is unacceptable Islamically, do not for a moment think that she is lower than you spiritually.

"If you do that, you are lower than her. Believe me, that is the teaching of your religion. She might have a link with her creator that you do not know about," added Mufti Ismail, before continuing "she might have a heart that is tons better than yours. She might have one weakness that is outward, and you have 50 weaknesses that are hidden."

Tunku Idris' post yesterday garnered more than 4,225 likes and over 130 comments from his followers who voiced their support.

On Thursday, it was reported that a woman in her 50s wearing a knee-length skirt was told to change before entering a Penang court complex near.

On Monday, two women - a journalist and a Selangor resident - were forced to wear sarongs before they were allowed to enter the Selangor State Secretariat building.

Last Tuesday, a woman was reportedly stopped by security at the Sungai Buloh Hospital's gate for wearing shorts.

On June 8, a woman showed up at the Gombak Road Transport Department office in a skirt that did not cover her knees and was given a sarong to wear.

Other these cases, medal-winning artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi was criticised for her competition outfit at the recent SEA Games.

Meanwhile, Selangor's Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has expressed his displeasure at those picking on the attire of Farah Ann.

In his congratulatory letter to Farah, Sultan Sharafuddin said that she had made the whole of Malaysia, including Selangor, feel proud.

"Criticising your attire should be the last matter in the minds of those who commented negatively on social media.

"They should be celebrating your achievements for Malaysia and Selangor," he said in the letter handed to her on Friday.

Farah, accompanied by her father Abdul Hadi Ahmad, received the letter from a Selangor Istana official.

She was criticised for allegedly "exposing" herself after winning two gold medals, a silver medal and three bronze medals at the recent Games in Singapore.

Farah was wearing a leotard, as all female gymnasts do.

Sultan Sharafuddin hoped that Farah would not take the comments of narrow-minded people to heart and continue to strive to be the best in her field.

"Malaysia's future lies in the younger generation like you and the rakyat supporting them to excel instead of giving negative comments.

"I am sure it must have taken years of hard work, dedication, determination and long hours of training to reach the level that you have achieved," said the Selangor Ruler.

In an immediate response, Farah said she was touched and felt humbled to accept the letter.

"I would like to express my highest gratitude towards the Sultan of Selangor for taking his time to write me the letter," she said.