Hijab ban is international practice, says hotel group

Nabihah Hamid

Hotel employees told to remove their headscarves at work have complained about discrimination. – EPA pic, November 11, 2017.

THE Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) has defended its members’ policy of prohibiting their frontline staff from wearing the hijab, or headscarf, saying it is international practice and not meant to be discriminatory.

Cheah Swee Hee said the hotels, especially international hotels, in Malaysia, followed a standard operating procedure (SOP) and policy on the matter.

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  • Want to talk about discriminatory practices? Why don't the government take a lead first with the civil service and other departments reflect the true racial composition of this country.

    Posted 6 years ago by Xuz ZG

  • It's like living in Kelantan. If you want to wear shorts, go live elsewhere.

    Posted 6 years ago by Chin Tu Lan

  • It's not discrimination. Hotel front line staff (reception, cashier, concierge etc) have to follow certain rules for both male and female. I was told to replace my glasses with contact lenses for example. On the other hand, female staff in other areas like housekeeping, kitchen, administration for example are (and should be) allowed to wear a hijab if they want to.

    Posted 6 years ago by Raz Musa