Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pas MP blames ‘indecent’ attire for sex crimes

Women can prevent sexual crimes by not wearing short pants and skimpy dresses.

This was the assessment by Pas’ Rantau Panjang member of parliament Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff, who said that indecent dressing had become a norm among young women here.

Addressing the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, she said this was not helped by the government’s insistence on bringing in international artistes, whom she claimed set a bad example.

“The government should consider enacting laws to prevent women from wearing indecent clothing to prevent sexual crimes.”

Siti Zailah took a swipe at women who wore short pants, labelling them indecent. She also believed that stewardesses’ uniforms were “too tight”.

She urged the Women, Family and Community Ministry to enforce a dress code for women, which she believed could prevent sexual harassment.

Zailah, who is also Pas muslimat chief (women's wing), brought up the matter while Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim was giving her winding-up speech for the debate on the royal address.

This is not the first time the party has blamed indecent dressing as the root of social ills.

Prior to Chinese New Year in January, the then Pas-led Kedah government drew flak over its guidelines for live performances.

Among the conditions imposed in its guidelines included that performers must be dressed in outfits that covered their armpits, chests and thighs.

This raised the ire of the Chinese community.

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