Woman barred from Penang court complex due to knee-length skirt deemed as too short

A woman wearing a brown knee-length skirt was allegedly denied entry into a Penang court complex by a security guard.
A woman wearing a brown knee-length skirt was allegedly denied entry into a Penang court complex by a security guard.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The self-appointed "no short skirts" police are back. This time, a security guard took it upon himself to tell a woman to change her "inappropriate" attire before entering the Balik Pulau court complex near here.

The woman, in her 50s, had worn a knee-length skirt but the guard still decided that her skirt was "too short".

Dumbfounded, the woman, who had wanted to certify some documents at the Commissioner for Oaths office in the complex, left to get her deed done elsewhere.

When contacted by The Star, the woman, who declined to be named, said the security guard told her politely that she could not enter the premises as her skirt was "too short".

"He told me to change if I wanted to go in. I was surprised as I was wearing a knee-length skirt.

"The guard insisted that my skirt was too short, so I just left. I didn't want to create a scene," she said.

A photo of the woman's attire, posted on Facebook by her colleague yesterday, went viral within hours. It was removed at about 5.30pm after it drew too much attention.

The caption read: "My colleague was denied entry into the Balik Pulau Mahkamah yesterday morning by a security guard because her skirt was too short... Really? This is too short?"

The news drew mixed reactions on The Star Online's Facebook page.

A user by the name of Felix Champ commented: "I'm going to start selling sarong in front of government buildings. Might be a good business."

Yusof Yong Abdullah said: "Matter of perspective over selective mind... if you're born hard-core pervert even fully dressed will still easily provoked."

Napsiah Wan Salleh, on the other hand, commented: "That ruling is not new for Parliament and courthouses. Maxi skirts are more stylish anyway."

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.