WAO mengecam pemberhentian kerja penyelia penerbangan MAS yang ‘berlebihan berat badan’ (Malay/English)

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[ENGLISH VERSION BELOW] Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) sangat kecewa atas kegagalan seorang penyelia penerbangan Malaysia Airlines untuk mendapatkan keadilan di Mahkamah Perindustrian setelah diberhentikan atas alasan “berat badan berlebihan”.

Ini adalah kes diskriminasi – lebih khusus lagi, diskriminasi berat badan. Dan kami amat terkejut dan kesal dengan cara Malaysia Airlines memalukan dan mendiskriminasi pekerja mereka yang dikatakan mempunyai “berat badan yang berlebihan”.

Malaysia Airlines perlu membuktikan bahawa kriteria berat badan bagi pramugari adalah ciri yang amat diperlukan bagi pekerjaan itu. Cuma sekadar memberi justifikasi atas dasar “imej” dan “keselamatan” adalah tidak mencukupi.

Tambahan lagi, bagaimanakah berat badan tambahan sebanyak 0.7kg boleh mempengaruhi prestasi kerja seseorang? Kebolehan seseorang pramugari dalam memberikan perkhidmatan yang cemerlang terletak pada kemahiran interpersonal mereka dan bukannya berat badan mereka.

Di sebalik justifikasi “mengekalkan imejnya sebagai penerbangan premium”, lahirlah idea bahawa imej pramugari hanyalah sebagai penyeri mata sahaja – satu idea yang berdasarkan standard kecantikan yang seksis dan tidak realistik.

Jika Malaysia Airlines ingin menjadi salah satu syarikat penerbangan yang dihormati, sudah tiba masanya kesemua pramugari dan pekerja dihormati dan dilayan dengan sewajarnya.

Kes ini juga menunjukkan bahawa kia memerlukan undang-undang anti-diskriminasi yang lebih ketat. Kementerian Sumber Manusia perlulah memasukkan peruntukan anti-diskriminasi ke dalam Akta Kerja secepat mungkin. Ini akan membantu dalam memastikan para majikan bertindak dengan sewajarnya di samping memudahkan para pekerja yang ditindas dan menghadapi diskriminasi untuk mendapatkan keadilan.

Kami juga kecewa apabila Mahkamah Perindustrian gagal untuk mencabar rasional di sebalik polisi pengurusan berat badan Malaysia Airlines. Para hakim memerlukan latihan mengenai diskriminasi gender supaya mereka bersiap sedia untuk menggunakan peruntukan undang-undang dalam berhadapan dengan kes-kes diskriminasi.

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Degan mengatasi diskriminasi, kita dapat mewujudkan ruang kerja yang lebih inklusif untuk semua.

English version

WAO slams termination of ‘overweight’ MAS flight supervisor

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is extremely disappointed that a Malaysia Airlines flight supervisor has failed to get justice in the Industrial Court after she was terminated for being “overweight”.

This is a case of discrimination—more specifically, weight discrimination. And we are appalled by the way Malaysia Airlines shames and discriminates flight attendants that it arbitrarily deems to be “overweight”.

The onus is on Malaysia Airlines to prove that its weight criteria for flight attendants is indeed a bona fide or indispensable requirement of the job. Merely asserting notions of “image” and “safety” is not enough.

After all, how does weighing an additional 0.7kg affect one’s job performance? The ability of flight attendants to provide excellent customer service ultimately lies in their interpersonal skills – rather than their body weight.

Behind all the talk about “maintaining its image as a premium airline” lies the degrading and dehumanising idea that flight attendants are mere eye candy – an idea that is bolstered by sexist and unrealistic beauty standards.

If Malaysia Airlines wants to be a respected airline, it is time it treats its flight attendants – and all other staff – with the respect that they too deserve.

This case also shows that we need stronger anti-discrimination laws. The Ministry of Human Resources must therefore table the proposed anti-discrimination provision in the Employment Act as soon as possible. This would help hold irresponsible employers accountable and provide more avenues of redress for employees who face discrimination.

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We are also disappointed that the Industrial Court failed to challenge the rationale behind Malaysia Airlines’s weight management policy. Judges need to be trained on gender discrimination so that they are equipped to use provisions in the law to address such cases of discrimination.

Tackling discrimination would ultimately help us create workplaces that are more inclusive and diverse.

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