Public uproar after woman at Road Transport Department told to cover up

Public uproar after woman at Road Transport Department told to cover up
Before and after: Photos posted on Tan’s Facebook page showing her original attire (left) and the sarong she was asked to wear at the JPJ office.

PETALING JAYA - Public uproar has erupted after a woman, who was decently dressed, was handed a sarong by a Road Transport Department (JPJ) officer and asked to cover up.

Suzanna G.L. Tan posted on Facebook a photograph of her wearing a blouse with a skirt that ended just above the knee when she went to a JPJ office to transfer the ownership of her car which she had sold.

Another photograph showed her wearing a sarong at the JPJ counter.

While she was at a counter to get a queue number, she claimed that she was handed the sarong to wear "or they would not entertain me".

This was despite the fact that only her upper body was visible to the officer across the counter window.

"I do not know if I should laugh or cry," said Tan, who did not specify the date or location of the JPJ office.

Other Facebook users were enraged.

"I think the JPJ is rude for embarrassing people like that. It's not like she's wearing a bikini," wrote Syazalia Razali.

Napsiah Wan Salleh posted: "I know of a dress code for women to enter the Parliament ie hemline must be below the knees. But JPJ? This is wacko. There is no dress code to enter a JPJ premise except that one must dressed decently."

Leon Chan said: "You just cannot impose your values onto others, period."

A JPJ public relations officer said: "We are investigating when and where the incident happened. If we know where it happened, we want a report from that office."

Asked if there was a dress code for JPJ customers, he said: "We have to dress accordingly, based on the dress code of entering a government premises. In some of our offices, a dress code signboard is put up on the walls of these offices. I believe there was one in this office."

JPJ posted a notice on its Twitter account last night, stating that visitors should obey the dress code.

"Visitors are prohibited from wearing shorts, short skirts below the knees, sleeveless tops, tight skirts and slippers," it said.

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