By 2017, a new ruling by the state government will require Muslim women working at fast-food outlets and hypermarkets in Kelantan to cover their aurat (parts of the body that must be covered in Islam) including by wearing long-sleeved uniforms.
According to reports by The New Straits Times, most female workers in these places currently don short-sleeved T-shirts, although Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) recently introduced long-sleeved uniform for its staff.
Datuk Abdul Fattah Mahmood, state local government, housing, youth and sports committee chairman said that while non-Muslim staff were not included in this ruling, they were advised to dress decently.
“Fattah said the ruling was imposed only in Kelantan and hoped it would not receive brickbats from outsiders,” The New Straits Times wrote. “We want outsiders to recognise Kelantan as a state with a difference,” Fattah said.
“The ruling will bring a good image for business operators and, at the same time, it can promote the tourism industry in the state.”
At the same time, according to Fattah, food traders operating at night markets and food stalls were encouraged by the state government to introduce long-sleeved attire for their workers, “which would help in the campaign to promote hygienic practices on their premises.”
“We want them to look good rather than just focusing on their profit alone. We encourage (Muslim workers) to cover their aurat,” Fattah said.