Malaysia Airlines should allow hijab: Minister

Muslim women flight attendants working for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) should be allowed to wear the hijab or the Islamic head dress, a minister has said.

‘Those who want to cover their aurat should be able to do so,’ said Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Youth and Sports and youth chief of the ruling Malay party UMNO.

‘Aurat’ in Malay language refers to ‘female body parts’ that Muslims must cover with clothing.

Earlier, a local daily reported that UMNO Youth executive committee member Dazma Shah Daud had asked the national carrier to make it compulsory that Muslim women flight attendants should wear the head dress and that the airline should stop serving alcohol onboard.

Dazma, however, clarified his statement, saying that he was misquoted.

‘What I said was that those who want to wear hijab should be able to do so,’ he said, adding that the practice of banning the hijab was discriminatory.


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