Opposition MPs heap scorn on Malindo’s strip-down procedure

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KUALA LUMPUR: Women opposition MPs today voiced disgust over a report on Malindo Air’s strip-down procedure in its walk-in interviews for flight attendants.

Kasthuri Patto (DAP-Batu Kawan) said it was a shock to read of women being told to strip down to their bras during the interviews.

“The interviews should pick staff based on their ability to articulate and handle difficult passengers.

Instead, they became “an exercise to ogle the women”, she said, expressing doubt that the people conducting the interview will allow their family members to go for such interviews if they knew.

Speaking in a press conference at the Dewan Rakyat media centre, she urged the transport ministry, the human resources ministry and women, family and community development ministry to look into the issue immediately.

Malindo Air has come under fire following a report by The Malay Mail, revealing that the airline had asked flight attendant job applicants to expose their chests, lift their skirts, fold up their pants or remove their pantyhose.

Malindo’s public relations and communications director Raja Sa’adi Raja Amrin told the daily this was to see if applicants had marks on their skin such as scars, pimples or tattoos that could be seen through the uniform material.

He added that Malindo had the right to conduct such checks, and that most airlines did the same.

Speaking today, though, Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Kulai) asked Malindo “to put a stop to this rubbish”.

Siti Mariam Mahmud (Amanah-Bukit Raja) meanwhile demanded that the airline apologise to all Malaysian women, especially those who wished to be flight attendants.