JAG: Strip-down interview only part of a larger problem

Source: FMT News

The entire airline industry has long violated women's human rights by 'commodifying' their bodies, says the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality. Pic from FMT News.

The entire airline industry has long violated women’s human rights by ‘commodifying’ their bodies, says the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) has hit out at Malindo Air for “exploiting and commodifying” women’s bodies, saying it reflects a larger problem in the airline industry itself.

“The way Malindo Air treats potential female flight attendants is discriminatory, perverse and sexist.

“No potential employee of any airline should be subjected to such degrading treatment,” it said in a statement today.

JAG was responding to a recent report in The Malay Mail which said that female flight attendant candidates at Malindo Air’s walk-in interviews were told to strip down to their bras. Read more

Removing top ‘normal procedure’, says airline

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malindo has two uniforms — a high-collared white blouse or a white kebaya top paired with a sarong. — AFP pic.

Malindo has two uniforms — a high-collared white blouse or a white kebaya top paired with a sarong. — AFP pic.

PETALING JAYA, April 5 — It is the right of the employer to request potential flight attendants to expose their chests to interviewers, said Malindo Air public relations and communications director Raja Sa’adi Raja Amrin.

The requirement to remove their tops, but with bras on, was to see if applicants had visible marks due to the material of Malindo’s uniform.

Raja Sa’adi said such checks were necessary as their uniforms were “partially see-throughs”.

“It is not an issue. We have the right to conduct such body checks on them. I think most airlines do the same,” he said.

“We need to see if they (applicants) have scars, pimples or tattoos that could be seen through the uniform. Our flight attendants wear a corset inside and if it is covered by the corset, it is okay.” Read more

Malindo denies report on strip-down during interviews

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malindo Air today insisted that the grooming checks were no different that what the airline had practised since 2013. — File pic from MMO.

Malindo Air today insisted that the grooming checks were no different that what the airline had practised since 2013. — File pic from MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Malindo Air today disputed a report that candidates to be flight attendants were made to strip down to their bras during grooming checks.

The airline was referring to a Malay Mail report today, but did not state what it was denying specifically.

Instead, it insisted that the grooming checks were no different than what the airline had practised since 2013.

“In perspective of an article on Malindo Air’s recruitment process of cabin crew in The Malay Mail newspaper dated 5 April 2017, the airline denies of the allegations upon internal investigations done,” it said in a statement distributed by state news agency Bernama.

“Grooming checks for visible marks are conducted privately by female supervisors in a professional manner and is part of the interviewing process. Herein candidates are briefed ahead and consent from each candidate is required prior proceeding to ensure there is no prominent marks will be visible while wearing the uniform.” Read more