Terengganu chief says no plans to enforce dress codes on tourists

Terengganu Chief Minister Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman (above) has denied reports that the state issued a dress code on tourists barring them from wearing revealing attire. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Terengganu Chief Minister Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman (above) has denied reports that the state issued a dress code on tourists barring them from wearing revealing attire. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA TERENGGANU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Terengganu Chief Minister Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman has denied reports that the state issued a dress code on tourists barring them from wearing revealing attire.

"I was surprised myself when the issue became viral," Mr Ahmad Razif said at a press conference on Monday.

He was reacting to reports that quoted state Tourism and Cultural Affairs exco chairman Jidin Shafee saying that the state would issue guidelines on attire for tourists, especially females. The remarks first posted on government portal www.teganukita.com were removed a few hours later.

"I have spoken to the exco chairman who announced it and it seems to be a misunderstanding. We do not intend to enforce such rules on tourists," Mr Ahmad Razif said.

He said there had not been any plans nor any discussion on the matter, adding that existing laws were sufficient to deal with indecent dressing.

"If someone dresses indecently, there are existing laws to deal with it, and the government does not intend to introduce new rules," he said.

The east coast state of Terengganu is a popular tourist destination. But, it was in news recently for announcing shaming those who missed Friday prayers.