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13 hotels in Malaysia lift hijab ban for staff

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All 13 of the hotels in Peninsula Malaysia that enforce a headscarf ban for frontline staff have agreed to withdraw the policy, according to Utusan Malaysia.

The president of Union Network International-Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI-MLC), Datuk Mohammed Shafie BP Mammal, said the issue was confirmed to him by the director general of the Labour Department of Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM), Datuk Mohd. Jeffry Joakim in a meeting in Putrajaya yesterday (Jan 29).

The Labour Department of Peninsular Malaysia had conducted investigations 88 hotels, finding that 13 hotels maintained a no-headscarf policy.

“Alhamdulillah, the 13 hotels found to have implemented the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that banned Muslim staff from wearing a headscarf have agreed to retract the ruling.”

“Thanks to the government for listening to complaints about this issue and (we are) hoping that stern action will be taken against hotel operators who continue the discriminatory rule,” he told Utusan Malaysia.

Earlier this month, a proposed draft to amend the Malaysia’s Employment Act 1955, to address the issue of workplace discrimination, was said to be in the process of being finalised by the Human Resources Ministry.

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