Malaysia's defence ministry stands by dress code after journalist denied entry into building

Malaysia's defence ministry stands by dress code after journalist denied entry into building

PETALING JAYA - The strict dress code at the Defence Ministry headquarters applies to all parties, not only to reporters, it said in a statement Friday.

Referring to an incident where The Star journalist Tashny Sukumaran was prevented from entering the Ministry headquarters due to her attire, it said the dress code was not new.

"A notice on the proper dress code is shown at the guard station. If a visitor does not follow it, then they will not be allowed to enter," it said.

The Ministry said that the reporter, who had a long skirt in her car, violated the dress code by wearing a dress that showed her knees.

"The dress code has been in force for a long time and we hope that everyone, including the media, adhere to it when visiting the Ministry," said the statement.

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The reporter had gone to the Ministry headquarters to cover a presentation of Hari Raya goodies to the armed forces by the Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, an event that was also attended by the Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and his deputy Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri on Thursday.

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