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Tudung rule for hotel frontline staff shows ‘private sector arrogance’

 | November 17, 2017

Deputy minister says this also shows Malays and Muslims are being looked down upon.


Tajuddin-Abdul-Rahman-larangan-tudung-malaysia-hotel-1KUALA LUMPUR: The move by certain hotels to prohibit staff from wearing the tudung in frontline positions is due to the arrogance of the private sector in looking down on Malays and Muslims in the country, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said.

The Umno MP for Pasir Salak said it showed that Malays and Muslims are being marginalised by private companies.

“They are revealing their attitude in requiring one to take off the tudung to work in hotels. What does it show? The arrogance of the private sector.”

“Tomorrow, when our children want to work somewhere, they will say: ‘You do not fulfil the conditions.’”

He said this when officiating at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between TAJ International College and a few public universities and companies here today.

Recently, the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) had defended its members’ policy of barring their frontline staff from donning the tudung, saying it was part of international practice and should not be considered discrimination.

MAH said it was a policy and standard operating procedure (SOP) followed by all hotels worldwide.

Tajuddin also said graduates of universities and other institutions of higher learning should venture into entrepreneurship instead of opting to work in the private sector, including the hotels that had implemented this ruling.

“The employment opportunities in the private sector are limited.

“Furthermore, people will look down on you because we (Malays and Muslims) do not have hotels.”

He said Malays and Muslims are being subjected to such impositions as they are financially and economically weak.

“This is a symptom of how we are being denied and then marginalised.”

Tajuddin said he regretted that parents, especially those in rural areas, did not realise this situation they and their children were in.

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