Tudung Affairs in Malaysia…

24 November 2017



Siti Hasmah says hubby not fan of tudung

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Siti Hasmah Ali, the wife of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, today refused to wade into the ongoing debate on the wearing of tudung, but revealed that her husband does not like her wearing the traditional Muslim headscarf.

“I think you are asking the wrong person as I don’t wear the tudung,” she said when asked for her comments on the controversy involving a hoteliers association’s policy to forbid frontdesk staff from wearing the hijab.

“If we want to wear the tudung, we have to ask permission from our husbands,” she added.

She said on her return from Mecca, she had wanted to wear the tudung.

“So I wore the tudung. He just looked away dissatisfied,” said Siti Hasmah on the sideline of a symposium on women.

Siti Hasmah said hotel staff should adhere to rules banning the tudung.

“These hotels have their rules and regulations as well. They want to safeguard their business just like other places as well, it really depends if you want the job or not,” she said.

She said the presence of a hotel worker in hijab might create discomfort to European tourists due to their experience involving Muslims there.

“Maybe something that might have happened to them in connection with those who wear the tudung, especially those from Europe. Just look at France.”


20 November 2017




Bung Mokhtar tells foreign hoteliers who forbid hijab to ‘bung off’!

Get out, Bung tells foreign hoteliers who forbid hijab


KUALA LUMPUR: Hotel operators who insist on their front desk staff not donning the hijab have been told bluntly to “get out” of the country.

Kinabatangan BN MP Bung Moktar Radin said it was ridiculous for hotel operators to openly oppress Muslim staff who wanted to don the hijab..

“To me, this kind of hotel operators and management must be taught a lesson as they are being disrespectful to our country.

“If they want to conduct their business according to their own ways, they can get out.

“The ministry concerned must take heed and act firmly against such operators. Summon them and give them a warning.

“If Malaysians do business in the United States, we have to follow their ways.

“When they come to our country, they must obey our laws,” he said when debating the 2018 Budget for the urban well-being, housing and local government ministry in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Bung called on the urban well-being, housing and local government ministry to draft regulations that made the granting of hotel licences dependent on fair treatment of Muslim female employees.

“This issue must be taken seriously by the government,” he said.

He said he himself had received complaints from Muslim female employees in hotels who wore the hijab that their potential was not recognised, resulting in emotional stress.

“Don’t let foreigners reap profits while we applaud, without caring for the interests of our own people.

“What’s the problem if a woman wears the tudung? If she is beautiful, she will still be beautiful even if she wears a tudung,” said Bung.



Bung Moktar: A woman can be ‘not pretty’ even if she is ‘nude’


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — A woman’s beauty is not defined by whether or not she covers her head, a Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmaker said in Parliament today amid an ongoing controversy over wearing headscarves at work.

Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin said the tudung or headscarf neither subtracts a woman’s attractiveness or otherwise.

“What is the problem in wearing a tudung? If she is a beautiful woman, even if she wears a tudung, she would still be beautiful.

“If she is not pretty, even if she nude, who would want her?” he said in the Dewan Rakyat.

Bung Moktar then named several PAS lawmakers present and claimed that even they would agree with him on this matter.

Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/bung-moktar-a-woman-can-be-not-pretty-even-if-she-is-nude#DDaosE3U4EKfG3tl.99








Published on Jan 30, 2014
Singer Marinatasha Isnariah Mustapar who previously alleged that Property developer Castmet Sdn Bhd discriminated against her for wearing a ‘tudung’ says both parties have resolved the issue.

‘Tudung’ singer accepts apology in the spirit of Chinese New Year


5:19PM Jan 23, 2014

Company is lying, claims tudung singer

The singer who claimed she was forced off stage for wearing a tudung (headscarf) has refuted the explanation by Castmet Sdn Bhd that it did so in order not to stir religious sensitivities.

In a statement, Marinatasha Isnariah Mustapar also denied claims that she was not the contracted singer for the night, adding that there was actually no contract for the event on Jan 18.

She also denied that the performers were contracted to sing and dance with the audience as claimed by Castmet, pointing out that the person who replaced her did no such thing.

“I appreciate their reply that they were trying to be religiously sensitive but was forcing me off stage and humilating me part of this sensitivity?

“Why was I not informed of these reasons on the day of the incident and why are all these excuses only raised after the press conference with (Malaysian Artistes Association) Karyawan?

“I feel that the excuses are only to distract the media from the main issue… (that) they would have allowed me to perform if I was not wearing a tudung,” she said.

Below are excerpts of her responses…

1) That it was unsuitable for a Muslim wearing a tudung to perform at an event serving alcohol.

“If they are so sensitive about religion, did they not realise that Castmet’s chairperson Mohd Anuar Mohd Nor and many other guests were also Muslims, many whom wore the tudung or kopiah (skullcap),” she said.

2) That the performer was required to dance with the audience.

“When Farina (the singer Castmet claimed it had actually hired and who replaced Marinatasha) performed, she too did not dance with the guests as Castmet claimed was required.



MCA, “No way, they’re not ours!”


Thursday January 23, 2014 MYT 8:20:42 PM

MCA: Teacher and principal in Chinese school controversy not party members

JOHOR BARU: Johor state MCA leaders have denied allegations that the teacher who was instructed to remove her tudung at a Chinese medium school in Kota Tinggi and the school’s principal are both party members.

State Wanita MCA chief Wong You Fong said that a post had been circulating on Facebook claiming that the teacher and the school’s principal were members of MCA.

“We have thoroughly checked our data and confirmed that there were no records of them being members.

“We believe that the user used an irresponsible politicking tactic to tarnish MCA’s image,” she said during a press conference here on Wednesday.

The post by a Facebook user had various pictures comparing images of the principal (taken from her Facebook page) to pictures taken of members at the Wanita MCA national annual general meeting in December last year.

The user had also written a post stating that the teacher was a member of the party and criticised the party for not looking into the welfare of their own members.

MCA: Teacher and principal in Chinese school controversy not party members



6:38PM Jan 22, 2014

Safety fears over ‘tudung singer’ demo threat

A police report has been filed by a property developer calling for protection against a planned protest by Malay Rights group Perkasa in relation to the controversy surrounding the ‘tudung’ singer incident.

According to a copy of the report obtained by Malaysiakini, property developer Castmet Sdn Bhd has alleged it received calls from unidentified groups informing them that the NGO plans to hold a demonstration in front of the company’s office on January 24, after Friday prayers.

Threats were also issued to a Castmet manager and the complainant said that the company was worried for the safety of its staff.

A Perkasa official, however, declined to comment when contacted



1:00PM Jan 22, 2014

Firm: ‘Tudung’ singer was unsuitable replacement

Property developer Castmet Sdn Bhd has denied discriminating against ‘tudung’-wearing Muslim singer Marinatasha Isnariah Mustapar on Saturday, and has filed a police report explaining that she was an unsuitable replacement singer.

The company said they did not mean to humiliate her for wearing a ‘tudung’. Instead, the company had already previously decided that she was not to be the entertainer promised by the band at the annual corporate dinner.

“Ms Marinatasha was just a replacement singer for the preview. The company’s representative noted that she was not suitable for our annual dinner show, the reason being the lady singer was to mingle and interact with the guests through rhythm and dance,” read the police report filed by Castmet’s representative, which was obtained via a Facebook page.

The lead singer should have been ex-Akademi Fantasia winner Farina, the report noted.

In the Jan 18 incident, Marinatasha (centre in photo) was allegedly asked to stop her performance at the Sime Darby Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. According to the singer, she was asked to get off the stage by a senior manager of the company because she wore a tudung.

Castmet said that it had on Jan 6 requested the entertainment provider to book a musical band that can “interact with the invited guests, i.e. dance and sing along with the guests”.

The company also objected to Marinatasha, who showed up during the preview performance of the band named ‘Rufus’ held for Castmet representatives on Jan 15. The band was also told then who were the VIPs and guests and the type of songs deemed suitable.

“In short, to give a smooth and rugged entertainment to all guests,” it said.

Castmet said that Marinatasha showed up again unexpectedly on the evening prior to the event, and the event manager got the band Rufus to hastily accept the event’s emcee as the lead lady singer instead.

Subsequently, the original singer Farina turned up and agreed to perform, and the programme went on as planned, said the company.



Wednesday January 22, 2014 MYT 11:32:46 AM

Singer claims she was asked to leave stage

Marinatasha Isnariah Mustapar.

Marinatasha Isnariah Mustapar.

KUALA LUMPUR: A female singer claimed to have been asked to leave the stage at a dinner function organised by a construction company at a convention centre here on Jan 18 because she was wearing a headscarf.

Marinatasha Isnariah Mustapar, 32, claimed she was invited on stage by the performing band when a director of Castmet Sdn Bhd requested her to step down.

“The next singer named Farina invited me to come on stage and sing with her.

“Out of respect for her, I went up to join her. But I was told off again by the director.

“He said to me, you are wearing a headscarf which is not appropriate for this function,” she told a media conference organised by the Malaysian Artistes Association (Karyawan) on Tuesday.

Karyawan president Datuk Freddie Fernandez who was also present at the press conference confirmed receiving a complaint from Marinatasha.

“Discrimination against female artistes who wear headscarf should not happen in this country. Hopefully the party concerned would come forward to clarify and resolve this issue amicably with us (Karyawan),” he said.

Singer claims she was asked to leave stage


The school: SJK Cina Nan Ya, Teluk Sengat, Johor
The teacher: Choi Yi Shan, 25



1:37PM Jan 20, 2014

DAP lodges police report against blogger

DAP has lodged a police report against a blogger who recently allegedly linked the incident of a Muslim teacher in a Johor Chinese school being asked to remove her headscarf (tudung) while teaching, to DAP’s increasing influence in the southern state.

Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, the political secretary to Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, lodged the police report on Saturday against the blogger, named ‘Azmy Kelana Jaya’, who in a Jan 17 posting said that “DAP makin kuat di Johor, Islam makin dipijak” (DAP getting stronger in Johor, Islam stepped on).

Both Dyana and Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching, who was also present when the report was lodged at the Kulaijaya police station, said that DAP is not linked to the incident in any way, and the blogger’s attempts to link the party was “ill-intentioned and seditious”.

“It is irresponsible for the blogger to link the ‘tudung’ incident with DAP. As a matter of fact, the school board’s chairperson Phang Ah Ngang is not a DAP member. There is no reason or justification for Azmy Awang Klana Jaya to discredit DAP that has no links whatsoever with the issue at hand,” Teo said in a statement today.



DAP Makin Kuat Di Johor, Islam Makin DiPijak: Guru Mualaf Dipaksa Buka Tudung

Written By Azmy Klanajaya on 17/01/2014 | 6:19 pm


Susulan kes seorang guru mualaf di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Nan Ya, Teluk Sengat, Johor diarahkan membuka tudung dan diancam keselamatannya; pentadbiran sekolah berkenaan membuat satu permohonan maaf secara terbuka, hari ini.
Permohonan maaf dibuat Pengerusi Lembaga Pengurusan sekolah terbabit, Pang Ah Ngang, 72, dan Guru Besar, Chiew Swee Tuan di hadapan guru mualaf terbabit yang dirahsiakan nama Islamnya, Choi Yi Shan, 25, di Dewan Terbuka Kampung Johor Lama, Kota Tinggi.
Turut hadir, Timbalan Pegawai Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) Kota Tinggi, Mohamad Fadil Ishak; Ketua Polis Daerah Kota Tinggi, Supritendan Rahmat Othman dan Penghulu Mukim Johor Lama, Mohd. Nazri Kasmin.
Semalam, Pengerusi Biro Pelajaran Pemuda UMNO Malaysia, Rafiq Naizamohideen mengeluarkan kenyataan memberi tempoh selama 24 jam kepada ahli jemaah pengurus SJKC Nan Ya untuk memohon maaf kepada umat Islam negara ini.
Selain itu, beliau turut mendesak agar Guru Besar sekolah terbabit dipecat kerana gagal memahami sensitiviti umat Islam negara ini.
Sementara Ketua Pemuda UMNO Johor, Hahasrin Hashim pula dalam satu kenyataan media turut melahirkan dukacita terhadap insiden ini namun beranggapan ucapan maaf sahaja tidak cukup untuk menyelesaikannya.
“Kes ini tidak boleh diselesaikan sekadar permohonan maaf daripada pihak berkenaan kerana ia melibatkan keselamatan awam. PPUNJ juga berasa amat kesal dengan sikap berdiam diri Guru Besar sekolah terbabit yang seolah-olah merestui tindakan terkutuk itu.”
“Kami mendesak Kementerian Pelajaran agar mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap Guru Besar sekolah tersebut, bersesuaian dengan peruntukan undang-undang sedia ada bagi memastikan kes seumpama ini tidak berulang lagi,” tegas Hahasrin yang dipetik Astroawani.com.


Free Malaysia Today

Tudung issue: School apologises to teacher

January 18, 2014

KOTA TINGGI:  The management board of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Nan Ya, has issued a public apology to the Muslim convert teacher who was told to take off her ‘tudung (headscarf) to continue teaching at the school.

Its chairman, Phang Ah Ngang, 72, together with the school’s principal, Chiew Swee Tuan, made the apology to the 25-year-old teacher at the Dewan Terbuka Kampung Johor Lama here.

It was done in the presence of Kota Tinggi police chief Supt Rahmat Othman, head of Mukim Johor Lama Mohd Nazri Kasmin and Kota Tinggi Education deputy officer Mohamad Fadil Ishak.

Tudung issue: School apologises to teacher | Free Malaysia Todaywww.freemalaysiatoday.co





3:25PM Jan 14, 2014

Isma: Defend teacher’s right to wear tudung

Muslim NGO Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) has urged the government to defend the religious rights of a teacher who was allegedly told to remove her tudung (headscarf) if she wanted to continue teaching at a vernacular school in Johor.

In a statement today, Kamil said this is a matter of racial and religious discrimination which should not be dismissed by the authorities.

He was commenting on an Utusan Malaysia report published yesterday that a 25-year-old Muslim teacher was told by the school board of a Kota Tinggi national-type Chinese-medium school (SJKC) to remove her tudung if she wanted to continue teaching there.

The daily reported that the woman, who wanted to observe the Muslim way of dressing, also received threats to her safety while police confirmed that a report has been lodged over the matter.

It also reported that residents of the village where the school was located had erected banners and pasted dozens of posters in protest at the matter.



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