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Second 'sarong' incident in less than a month

Two women (above) who were invited to attend a press conference yesterday at a government building in Selangor were told to wear sarongs to cover up their legs or be refused entry.

The incident comes about two weeks after a Malaysian motorist, wearing a top and skirt which ended just above her knees, was told to wear a sarong or be refused service at a Road Transport Department (JPJ) office, reported The Star.

In a Facebook post, Klang MP Charles Santiago said that a journalist and a resident who were both invited for a press conference were denied entry because their skirts ended above their knees.

"Both were told to wear a sarong to cover their legs as their dresses were perceived to be too short.

"Given that JPJ had publicly apologised weeks ago, why is the security in Selangor's State Secretariat enforcing this policy?" Mr Santiago asked.

Journalist C. Premananthini, 32, said that she was at the guardhouse getting a visitor's pass when one of the guards on duty told her that her dress was too short.

The guard then told her that they had a sarong which she could wear.

Another resident, who arrived for the press conference earlier, also said that she was told to cover up her legs. She got into the building after wrapping her legs with a scarf.

Later in the afternoon, the Selangor government apologised to the two women.

State secretary Mohammed Khusrin Munawi said the state had never issued such a ruling and the security guard had been given a stern warning.

'Joke' about drinking urine goes down badly

A Malaysian teacher's remark to his non-Muslim students about drinking their own urine to quench their thirst has riled parents and a complaint letter has gone viral on social media.

But a Kedah government official said the teacher was merely joking and had been misunderstood.

State education, transportation and public works committee chairman Tajul Urus Mat Zain said the primary school senior assistant of student affairs' speech was misconstrued.

"He actually said it in a 'berseloroh' (Malay for joking) tone," Mr Tajul said at a press conference in his office yesterday afternoon.

"What he said was 'jangan minum air kencing kamu pula' (don't you end up drinking your own urine), which was misinterpreted by the pupils."

Earlier in a Facebook post, Deputy Education Minister II P. Kamalanathan said he had directed the Kedah Education Department to launch an investigation.