The tudung or headscarf issue is once again making the news. This can be a contentious subject depending on how one looks at the issue. All it needs is for some people with their "holier-than- thou" attitude of imposing their bigoted views on religion on our young ones to stir up a hornets' nest.
The wearing of the headscarf must come from within one own's heart and the decision lies solely with the individual. Who are these characters to decide for others how they should dress and whether it is morally right or not?
The headscarf is just a headgear and but creates an impression of piety and high moral standing. Whether it has something to do with religion or not, I am not in a position to comment.
I believe the Muslim school students who took off their headscarves during a sporting activity at a school in Temerloh recently did so because of the unbearable heat. Our weather is hot and humid and it can be very uncomfortable if one is covered from head to toe and performing a strenuous exercise.
A few years ago, on one of my mountain climbing expeditions, I met up with a group of students from a nearby school. Most of the girls wore headscarves when they started the climb. As the climb became more challenging and the humidity in the jungle increased, all of them removed their headscarves.
All I can say is that a woman can be a good Muslim with good moral values with or without a headscarf. Likewise, a woman of loose character cannot hide behind one too. Very often we have see on TV and the newspapers of the headscarf being used by female accused when they are brought before the courts for being involved in vice activities.