All dressed up for a department visit

Mustafa K. Anuar

The writer says in a diverse society such as ours, it is crucial that government offices adopt an inclusive outlook that is in line with the spirit of so-called Malaysia Madani. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 5, 2023.

Commentary by Mustafa K. Anuar

THERE is a meme depicting a cartoon character who was robbed of his money as well as his clothes because the robbers concerned wanted to ensure he is not decently dressed to go to a police station to make a report. 

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  • The IGP would do well to ensure the "NO SMOKING" rule is enforced in every nook and corner of all police stations. At the front desk where the public walks in to make reports, etc, they are smoke-free. But go further in and the smell of cigarette smoke pervades the air. Besides the government ruling on smoking in government offices, there is also a fatwa that says smoking is haram. Dear IGP, please make police stations completely free of cigarette smoke smell and forget about the way the pubic is dressed when going to make reports.

    A person who has been set upon by thieves, robbers, rapists etc, may reach the police station not only in tattered clothes but also mental and physical trauma. The tattered clothes may have DNA of the attackers. Asking that person to go and change is DESTROYING EVIDENCE.

    There is no room for any ketuanan or religious moral values to be imposed on the public entering police stations to make reports.

    Posted 1 month ago by Ravinder Singh