COMMENT | Creeping up of a new norm: Gender segregation

Rozana Isa


COMMENT | When it was reported on July 14 this year that PAS commissioner Rosli Abdul Jabbar proposed that Pahang follows Terengganu in implementing gender segregation in cinemas, I wasn't surprised, but I felt a little bit alarmed.

We should not kid ourselves; we should know PAS well enough by now – their call to implement gender segregation in public spaces is one that they will continuously pursue. And how very convenient that the social distancing SOPs that are critical to Covid-19 prevention can be used to further the cause of moral policing!

This isn't the first time that PAS had taken this action. In 1995, gender segregation in cinemas was implemented by the state government in Kelantan and during the screenings, lights must also be switched on.

There are no cinemas in Kelantan anymore.

A friend there lamented that when her grandchildren want to watch new movies, she would have to plan for a trip to Terengganu to do so...

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