MALAYSIA: WEARING TUDUNG DOES NOT AFFECT TOURISM DESTINATIONS

MELAKA, Malaysia — The wearing of tudung by Muslim workers will not affect the image of tourism destinations, especially in Malaysian state of Melaka while it is the attitude and discipline in carrying out their duties that ensures quality of service, says Melaka state Chief Minister Idris Haron.

He said tourism destination operators should ensure the service offered met the requirements of customers and the quality of customer service officers in providing service at the counters of tourism destinations could not be evaluated solely through wearing the tudung.

If the management prohibited its workers from wearing the tudung, then it can be considered a form of discrimination which could affect tourism in the state and country.

Evaluation should be based on the quality of service provided by the worker. Wearing tudung allows employees to keep their modesty and the tourism sector will benefit, he told reporters after visiting the Melaka International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh here yesterday.

Wednesday, the media reported that Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar had called on local authorities to withdraw the licence of hotel operators who did not allow their Muslim women employees to wear tudung while on duty.

Meanwhile, Idris said the Melaka Monorail service in Sungai Melaka which was disrupted due to technical problems would resume operations soon.

We are waiting for confirmation from the chief engineer whether it is safe for tourists to ride, he said.

The Melaka Monorail which has a 1.6km track, was launched in 2010 but after one year, its service was disrupted when two British passengers were trapped in the train.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK