KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 — The Kota Baru Municipal Council (MPKB) has agreed to cancel the fine issued against a non-Muslim woman for indecent attire, Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming said today.
According to The Star news portal, Nga said the matter was resolved following a discussion between the ministry’s director-general and the Kelantan local authority.
“The woman should not have paid the fine, as she may have been misled to do so. She wore shorts in her own shop, which sells shorts.
“If she cannot wear shorts, it means all her stock would have to be discarded, which does not make sense. (But) the issue is now settled,” he was quoted as saying.
Last Sunday, the council’s enforcement officers issued the fine to the 35-year-old woman who operates a clothing business during their inspection to the outlet along Jalan Merbau about 11am.
The woman was accused of indecent dressing in violation of the Business and Industrial Trade By-Laws 2019.
Today, Nga said local governments must understand the essence of the Federal Constitution when carrying out their duties.
“Malaysia is a multi-racial country and we need to respect each other. We respect the dress code but do not be too enthusiastic when enforcing the law.
“The matter should not have happened and we hope it will not recur,” he said.