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Allow flight attendants to wear headscarves, Nazri says

Kow Gah Chie  |  Published:  |  Modified:

PARLIAMENT | Muslim flight attendants from Malaysia Airlines (MAS) should be allowed to wear headscarves, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat today.

Nazri’s statement comes amid the controversial headscarf ban at the front desk of certain hotels, which he and others in Putrajaya had voiced their objection to.

The right to not be discriminated against on the grounds of religion is a basic right enshrined in the Federal Constitution, he said during the winding up of the committee stage Budget 2018 debate.

"Anything that is stipulated in the Constitution cannot be negotiated and compromised. Cannot do (MAS cannot issue the ban), simple as that," he said.

Nazri was responding to Ahmad Marzuk Shaary (PAS-Bachok) who pointed out that flight attendants from MAS had made the request to be able to wear headscarves at work.

"There were requests from flight attendants from MAS, they want to wear headscarves, they want to tutup aurat (cover parts of the body as recommended in Islam) too, what is your view?" Ahmad Marzuk had asked...

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