State mulls separate queues at offices without queue tickets


PETALING JAYA: The state government in Terengganu has denied that there are plans to segregate men and women at public counters in government offices.

The menteri besar, Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman, said the state was merely looking into separate queues for men and women in government offices where a queue ticket system has not been installed.

“No final decision on the matter has been made,” he was quoted as saying. A thorough study was needed and feedback sought from various groups first.

Ahmad Razif said there would be no change at offices which used the queue ticket system in which people would be called only when their turn came. “Why do we need to change the current system?” he said, according to Star Online.

Criticism had arisen after he had commented on last week’s Women’s Day celebrations for which special counters for women were set up for three days at the offices of the Road Transport, Immigration and Registration departments.

“So, when I was asked whether the state government planned to make these separate counters for women a permanent fixture, I replied that we would look into it and that it needed a thorough study before any decision could be made. I was referring specifically to counters which have yet to introduce the number system,” he said.