Comply or be fined up to RM500! Applies to women only of course, all (male) patrons of seedy joints can go home and keep up the pretense of a being pious family men. Read The Star report for more.
Can’t say that I don’t agree with the idea of modest dressing inpublic , though in my opinion it’s one’s personal decision not to dress like a stumbling block (albeit a very curvy block).
After all, what if some guys find ankle-length garbs a real turn-on? Their imagination runs wild when they wonder what lurvely vistas are hidden away underneath.
So of course, groups like Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Wanita MCA and The All-Women’s Action Society (Awam) are protesting. To paraphrase them: “Oh sure, punish the women for men’s lechery… AGAIN!”
Since from pragmatic and practical experience (some call it cynicism), what will probably happen is: Men will go around with their leering gazes on women’s bodies, intent on ‘making sure that they aren’t immodestly dressed’. And then the women get blamed for it.
Don’t think it will happen? Here’s a personal account: Two girls whom I know well visited KB and walked around on foot. They were very decently dressed, all of you who know the girls I’m talking about will agree.
And what happens? Men from all walks of life gaze, stare, LEER as they pass the girls. Even married, middle-aged men driving a car full of wife and children poke their head out and OGLE! Uh-huh, women smear the reputation of Kota Baru all right…
Maybe that’s how non-official morality watchdogs get their kicks – by barging in on private affairs on the pretext on ‘justice and decency.’ It’s like all-boys schools, where the naughtiest boys become the prefects in order to play the system to their advantage.
So do the ends ever justify the means? What if the end is never achieved, how then are the means justified? And the means are definitely NOT justified, when they don’t even address the right problem.
“Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body… But they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence!” - Colossians 2:21,23
UPDATE 25 JUNE 2008: Compare also Kota Bharu Bans Lipstick & High Heels? Jed Yoong Says No!