‘Segregation is okay, discrimination is not’

Source: FMT News

Amanah's Mujahid comments on the now discontinued practice of separating women from men at a public hospital. Pic from FMT News.

Amanah’s Mujahid comments on the now discontinued practice of separating women from men at a public hospital. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Amanah vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa has shrugged off a report about sex segregation in a hospital, saying it is inconsequential unless there is discrimination between the sexes.

Referring to segregation at the waiting area outside the Ampang public hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a practice that has now been discontinued, Mujahid said it was probable that the arrangement was made because people felt more comfortable with it.

“It’s no big deal,” he said. “I don’t think it’s an issue unless we are segregating to discriminate or if the arrangement leads to discrimination.

“We have public transport and ride-sharing services that cater to only women for their safety and comfort. Is that wrong?”

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Terengganu eyes gender-segregated lines at government offices

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The move is the latest in the state’s increasingly Islamic administration. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng, the Malay Mail Online.

The move is the latest in the state’s increasingly Islamic administration. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng, the Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — Male visitors could be kept apart from women at government offices in Terengganu under a proposed initiative from the New Terengganu Transformation (TTB) plan.

The move is the latest in the state’s increasingly Islamic administration, which has so far outlawed unmarried men and women from riding motorcycles together and required shops to close between 12pm and 2pm on Fridays for Muslim prayers.

“This (the gender-segregated lines) is very good in facilitating women. We will make two main lines in government offices that are most visited,” Mentri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman was quoted as saying by state news agency Bernama.

“There is no problem in implementing this and it can be translated in the TTB.”

Federal agencies in the state such as the Road Transport Department and National Registration Department had between Tuesday and Thursday prepared counters specifically for women.

Gender segregation is a hallmark of Kelantan that has been ruled by conservative Islamist party PAS since 1990, but has gradually emerged in neighbouring Terengganu. Read more