Monday, July 8, 2013

Authorities see red over Air Asia uniforms, 19-year-old raped @ hostel of Sukma games village Universiti Putra Malaysia

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Published July 03, 2013
Authorities see red over Air Asia uniforms
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Short shrift: Tony Fernandes (left), chief executive officer of AirAsia Bhd, with AirAsia staff at the recent Paris Air Show. The Malaysian Transport Ministry has given the owner of the airline a dressing down over skirt lengths which apparently 'do not reflect the Malaysian culture'. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
FOR Tony Fernandes, it's always one thing or another!
The maverick-owner of Asia's largest budget carrier got a dressing down yesterday by the country's Transport Ministry over the propriety - or the lack thereof - of the uniforms worn by his female flight attendants. And the Transport Ministry seems to want a cover-up, or at least a review of the airline's dress code. All Air Asia female flight attendants, many of whom are Muslim-Malays, generally dress in bright red jackets over white blouses and slightly-above-the-knee skirts. It's the last item that seems to make the ministry see red. It told Parliament in a written reply yesterday that it would ask the budget carrier to reassess the uniforms to better "reflect the Malaysian culture".
The issue surfaced after a Kelantan lawmaker from the United Malays National Organisation, Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz, commented that the airline's uniforms were "sexy" and "did not reflect the national identity". He did not specify what the national identity was, or is. The MP then asked if dress code guidelines were imposed on an airline when its licence was issued.
"Airlines have to abide by the safety standards, among others, and comply with emergency evacuation in the allotted time, as set by the Civil Aviation Department and the International Civil Aviation Organisation," acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said, seeming to skirt the issue. "Airlines including AirAsia are free to choose their uniforms as long as it complies with the criteria set by the authorities." Again, he did not specify what the criteria is.

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Police launch investigation into Sukma rape claim

July 07, 2013
Police are investigating allegations by a 19-year-old handball athlete that she was raped by a group of male athletes at the Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) 2013 games village in Universiti Putra Malaysia, last Wednesday.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police were viewing the case seriously as it involved the country's sports image and crime among athletes.
"This is a very serious report. We will carry out a thorough investigation," he told Bernama here today.
A local daily today reported that the teenager claimed she was repeatedly raped while in a half-conscious state in a hostel room at the university.
The victim lodged a report at the Serdang police headquarters following which police detained three athletes yesterday to facilitate investigations.
Meanwhile, the National Sports Council (NSC), as organiser of the Malaysia Games (Sukma) 2013, will leave investigations into the alleged rape to the police.
NSC director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said he ws only informed of the matter this morning.
"According to reports (in a local daily), it's become a police case so I'll leave it to the police.
"It is the first such case to be reported in Sukma and has interrupted the flow of the event this time," said Zolkples, who is also 2013 Sukma managing committee chairman, during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur today.- Bernama, July 7, 2013.

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