Don't look if you think air stewardesses' attire is indecent, Malaysia transport minister Anthony Loke tells PAS MP

Malaysia Airlines stewardesses. Malaysia's transport minister Anthony Loke has advised an Islamist lawmaker who complained that air stewardesses' uniforms are too revealing to just "don't look".
Malaysia Airlines stewardesses. Malaysia's transport minister Anthony Loke has advised an Islamist lawmaker who complained that air stewardesses' uniforms are too revealing to just "don't look".PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MALAYSIA AIRLINES
The uniforms of Malaysian air stewardesses are being seen as too revealing by an Islamist lawmaker when compared to their international counterparts.
The uniforms of Malaysian air stewardesses are being seen as too revealing by an Islamist lawmaker when compared to their international counterparts.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/AIRASIA
Transport Minister Anthony Loke has said there are no plans thus far by the Government to amend policies related to the uniforms of air hostesses.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke has said there are no plans thus far by the Government to amend policies related to the uniforms of air hostesses.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - If you don't approve, just don't look. That's the advice from Malaysia's transport minister to an Islamist lawmaker who complained that air stewardesses' uniforms are too revealing.

Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi, who is from Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), had asked Transport Minister Anthony Loke in parliament on Wednesday (Aug 1) whether he agreed that the uniforms of Malaysian flight attendants were too revealing.

"Do you find them too menjolok mata (revealing and indecent) compared to those in some international airlines like in the US and other places where (stewardesses) wear pants as uniforms," asked Che Abdullah.

Mr Loke replied: "This is subjective. If you think it is revealing then don't look at the stewardesses."

Earlier, Mr Loke had said that airline companies need to adhere to safety standards, including those on emergency evacuations, as drawn up by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).

He said in order to receive the safety certificate, airline companies need to ensure that the uniforms worn by the flight crew enable them to carry out safety procedures.

Airlines also design uniforms in line with their corporate image, noted Mr Loke. For example, the kebaya uniforms worn by Malaysia Airlines stewardesses reflect Malaysian culture.

 

"As such, airline companies are free to pick the attire of their crew, as long as it fulfils the set criteria," said Mr Loke.

But he added that his ministry would also not restrict Muslim air stewardesses from choosing to wear attire that is syariah compliant, "as long as it fulfills the criteria set by CAAM".