KUALA LUMPUR: A law should be formulated to ensure the rights of women wearing hijabs are preserved, said Kinabatangan Member of Parliament Datuk Bung Moktar Radin.
He was responding to the recent debate that women with hijabs were not allowed to work at the front line of certain hotels as it did not adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP).
He even called for these hotel operators to leave the country if they do not want to abide by the law and continued to stand by their SOPs.
"These hotel operators are too rude in our country, they need to be taught. If they want to show their way of doing business, they can leave (berambus).
"In this country, the ministry must give serious attention and firm punishment to those related. Call them and warn them," he said during the debate on Supply Bill 2018 for the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government ministry at the Dewan Rakyat here.
He added, since Malaysians doing business in other countries such as the United States had to abide by their laws, it is only logical for foreigners to do so in Malaysia too.
Bung said, the government should take the issue seriously, while calling on the Dewan Rakyat to formulate, change and vote in support of any law that could preserve the rights of women who wear hijabs.
"The license of these hotels must be revoked unless they change their administration. If they are not taught, they come here and oppress others.
"Do not let outsiders gain the profit and we applaud them without taking care of our rakyat.
"What is the problem of wearing a hijab? If she is beautiful, she will remain beautiful if she wears one."
The Union Network International-Malaysia Labour Centre issued a statement on Nov 6 following numerous complaints lodged by female hotel employees about the ban of hijabs at their workplace.
It revealed that students in hospitality and tourism courses have also been instructed to follow suit when undergoing internships with hotels.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had last week described the action of hotel chains prohibiting female employees from wearing hijab, if its true, as rude and irresponsible.