Thursday, July 2, 2015

Only a person who requires a mental check up will challenge others to visit churches or temples dressed only in their underwear



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 2nd  July, 2015

Only a person who requires a mental check up will challenge others to visit churches or temples dressed only in their underwear

The recent controversy over the government departments’ dress code has highlighted the need to do away with the strict dress code. 

Many have criticized the requirement that females must not expose their knees as unnecessarily strict and is certainly not unsuitable for a multi racial nation like Malaysia. 

Some netizens have argued that no one should impose his/her own religious values on others.

Government departments’ priority should be to provide good service to the public and should not try to make things difficult for them. The strict dress code is certainly unnecessary. 

Yet it is disappointing that the Cabinet could not even issue an immediate directive to stop such unfair dress code when it is obvious that more “little napoleons’ have of late been making life difficult for the public.

Why has the Prime Minister maintained his elegant silence on this issue? 

DAP Selangor elected representative Ng Tze Han has tried to highlight the issue by publishing a dress code for his service centre. 

Anyone can see his point and message that so long a member of the public is decently dressed; his or her attire should not be an issue. 

Yet columnist and university lecturer Ridhuan Tee could not even understand the message and has challenged critics of the government guideline to visit churches and temples dressed only in their underwear!

Ng did not say that anyone dressed in underwear could enter his service centre or the government department.  

I would say that anyone who dares to go to the government department dressed only in underwear should not only be denied entry, but also be sent for a mental check up! 

Similarly, anyone in the right mind or clear mind will never challenge others to visit churches or temples dressed only in underwear! Only one who requires a mental check up will throw such challenge!

By throwing such a challenge, Ridhuan Tee has not only made himself a laughing stock and target of heavy criticisms in the social media; the question that arises is that he should go for a mental check up.

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