Should government buildings have dress codes?

There have been several incidents over the last two months of women being turned away or being denied services in government buildings, because of what they were wearing.

BFM talks to lawyer Parveen Kaur Harnam and Dr Lai Suat Yan, a senior lecturer in the gender studies programme at the University of Malaya, about whether dress codes are legally enforceable and why the Rukun Negara is being dragged into this.

Produced by: Lim Jih-Ming and Kelly Anissa
Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn and Sharmilla Ganesan

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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May Lee Chai
May Lee Chai
25 Feb 2023 10.44pm

As long as they are dressed decently, I don’t see why they are denied entry just because the dress length is above the knee.