Malaysian activists question role of Muslim ‘fashion police’

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A transgender model introduces herself during the SEED-organized Fashion International Extravaganza pageant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 26, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Alexandra Radu

A transgender model introduces herself during the SEED-organized Fashion International Extravaganza pageant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 26, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Alexandra Radu

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) Women in Malaysia, long seen as a moderate Islamic nation, have been denied entry to government buildings on the grounds their skirts were too revealing, fanning fears of growing conservatism in a country with large non-Muslim minorities.

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  • You are absolutely right. In the years past people were self regulating in what their wear in spite of their religious convictions, Christians and Muslims alike, but in the modern time, some people who call themselves liberal think it is part of civilization to throw modesty and decency to the dogs, so anyone can leave their rooms into the streets and other public space half clad and no one should say anything because it is part of their alienable right to wear what they want to wear.

    The reason for dress code in some places is just simply to remind modern human beings the need for some sense of modesty and decency, which ultimately leads to self respect.

  • John

    You are absolutely WRONG. It is YOUR problem that you don’t like the way another dresses, or that their outfit makes you fell all warm down there. It is YOU that are imposing YOUR will on THEM.

    BACK-OFF AND LET PEOPLE LIVE THEIR LIVES! Cleavage does not harm ANYONE!

  • Dorian Mattar

    Does it even mention what was so provocative?

  • Imogen

    Those desires are the responsibility of their owner to control. I can not be angry with you for eating a donut while I am on a diet. The want of your donut is my responsibility to control. My diet does not affect you.

  • John

    Apart from being completely nude (and even then, people should be able to deal with seeing another human nude — you only think it’s strange because you were taught to think it’s strange) it really doesn’t mater what was so provocative. Unless they’re your child, how someone dresses is no-one else’s business.