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Some politicians in Malaysia have expressed concern over the “sexiness” of the flight attendant uniforms of two local carriers, warning that the tight-fitting attire may “arouse passengers”.
A senator expressed his criticisms during a session in Parliament on Monday, condemning local budget airlines AirAsia and FireFly for allegedly requiring their staff to wear uniforms that are “too revealing”, reports the New Straits Times.
According to Senator Datuk Abdullah Mat Yasim, the uniforms of the female flight attendants of both carriers are in conflict with the country’s Muslim values and are too “eye-catching” and “can arouse passengers,” including the young ones.
“The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) must really look into this,” Datuk Abdullah said during a debate on the amendment of the MAVCOM Bill 2017.
Senator Datuk Megat Zulkarnian Omardin agreed with his opinion and even suggested that the uniform designs must be changed.
“My wife is worried whenever I fly alone on Malindo or AirAsia,” Datuk Megat was quoted as saying. “This is a real hassle for me.”
Meanwhile, Datuk Abdullah commented that the flight attendant uniforms of Malaysian-Indonesian airline Malindo Air are acceptable despite being fitting, since their attire covers “sensitive areas.”
The senator’s observations were also commended by the assembly’s deputy president Abdul Halim Abd Samad.
“This is a good topic that many people can relate to as they always take flights,” Abdul Halim said in agreement.
During a Parliament sitting last week Senator Datuk Hanafi Mamat has suggested that female flight attendants serving the country’s airline companies should wear shariah-compliant uniforms to strengthen Malaysia’s image as a Muslim country. He has earlier explained that tourists may get the wrong impression of Malaysia if flight attendants wore outfits “sexily and disrespectfully” during flights.