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New dress code for Parliament
Published on: Friday, January 22, 2016
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PETALING JAYA: Those wearing short sleeved blouses and batik shirts will no longer be allowed in Parliament under a new dress code which was introduced Wednesday.The notice on the dress code which was released by Parliament's corporate communications division, states that men are only allowed to wear dark-coloured lounge suits with leather shoes.

Previously men were allowed to wear long sleeved shirts with tie, baju melayu and batik shirts.

For women, short sleeved blouses or knee-length skirts will no longer be allowed.

"Only long-sleeved blouses and skirts below the knees or long pants, baju kurung or kebaya labuh and traditional attire with sleeves are allowed," according to the notice.

The same dress code applies for the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara proceedings as well.

The dress code issue went viral on social media and was highlighted by the media last year when several women were denied entry to government departments for attire which was deemed inappropriate.

At that time, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said who is in charge of parliamentary affairs, said the government will not enforce a dress code on people visiting government departments.

"Therefore people can wear attire suited to their culture and eastern values when in government offices and buildings," she had said in a parliamentary written reply.


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