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Nazri pushes buck on anti-discrimination law to AGC

Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz had earlier this month complained that the alleged ban against frontline staff from wearing the ‘tudung’ or headscarf is blatant discrimination and unconstitutional. — Picture by K.E.Ooi
Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz had earlier this month complained that the alleged ban against frontline staff from wearing the ‘tudung’ or headscarf is blatant discrimination and unconstitutional. — Picture by K.E.Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz has pushed responsibility on enacting legislation against discrimination to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

Local daily Utusan Malaysia reported the tourism and culture minister as acknowledging that there is yet a law to prohibit workplace discrimination, such as the alleged actions of some hotels that did not allow frontline staff to don headscarves.

“We are well aware about this issue and it is up to the AGC to enact laws to uphold provisions in the Federal Constitution,” Nazri was quoted telling the press yesterday.

Nazri had earlier this month complained that the alleged ban against frontline staff from wearing the ‘tudung’ or headscarf is blatant discrimination and unconstitutional.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told Parliament last month that the Barisan Nasional federal government did not have plans to enact laws against racism and discrimination, as it felt there was no problem with national unity.

Leaders from both BN and federal Opposition pact Pakatan Harapan have previously told Malay Mail Online their reservations about discrimination laws.

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