PETALING JAYA: There is no truth to allegations that a women’s rights organisation staff had been barred from entering the Parliament building because she breached the dress code, The Malay Mail reported yesterday.
The claim that security personnel had initially denied entry to Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) assistant treasurer Meera Samanther because her skirt was too short, was denied by Parliament’s corporate communications division head Tengku Nasaruddin Tengku Mohamed.
“Meera arrived at 9.01am. The permission was given seven minutes later after security personnel confirmed with Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran she was his guest.
“The results of the investigation contradict with what Meera claimed. She was not stopped for indecent dressing,” Tengku Nasaruddin told the daily yesterday.
He added that Meera was barred from entering the Parliament grounds because of safety reasons as they did not have prior information of her attendance.
It was reported that on April 5, Meera had gone to Parliament with other WAO members to meet Kulasegaran and M Indira Gandhi following the deferment of the debate on the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill to the next Parliament session.
Meera, who is also a lawyer, said she was wearing a knee-length skirt, and that she had even worn it to court before and was not stopped by security there.
According to The Malay Mail, Indira’s daughter, Tevi Darsiny, 19, was also barred from entering Parliament for not adhering to the dress code.
“Tevi was wearing tight pants with red sneakers which violated the dress code.
“Tevi was finally allowed to enter after agreeing to change to a different footwear. We also allowed her in at the insistence of Kulasegaran, who was present at the main gate,” Tengku Nasaruddin was quoted as saying.
Another WAO member, Tan Heang Lee, had also complained about being told to get out of her car at the Parliament building guardhouse when security personnel saw she was wearing a skirt. They had allegedly told her they needed to check if her skirt was “decent”, the daily reported.
“They were only performing their security duties by asking her to step out of the vehicle for an inspection.
“There was no issue as she was given a visitor’s pass after the security personnel were satisfied with her attire,” Tengku Nasaruddin said.
According to Tengku Nasaruddin, Parliament staff had taken three days to comb through CCTV footage and recorded statements from security personnel in their investigation into the allegations.