Malaysian Senate hosts Episode 2 of ‘Fashion Police: Cabin Crew Edition’

Heads out of the gutter, travelers! Senators know what you’re thinking, even though no one else knows what they’re quite talking about
Heads out of the gutter, travelers! Senators know what you’re thinking, even though no one else knows what they’re quite talking about

The Malaysian Dewan Negara (National Senate) was once again the site of one the most popular topics of the past fortnight – whether our country’s flight attendant uniforms were 2 sexy 4 da sky.

Recently, Senator Datuk Hanafi Manafi called for Malaysian Airlines uniforms to be shariah-compliant.

Yesterday, Senator Datuk Abdullah Mat Yasim, told his fellow officials that not only were AirAsia’s red uniforms “too revealing,” but so were the Firefly uniforms.

Here are the uniforms in question for you reference, reader:

Malaysian Airlines uniform, and Firefly in Orange
Staff uniforms at Air Asia

Such “eye-catching outfits” apparently did not reflect the status of Malaysia as a country where Islam is the official religion. Apparently, none of us had noticed this until now.

Abdullah added that the uniforms were “arousing” to passengers, though perhaps limited to travelers who had never seen a forearm before.

Another senator added the uniforms had caused marital discord between himself and his wife.

Senator Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin, who is also general-secretary of the Malaysian National Silat Federation (PESAKA), agreed with Abdullah: “My wife is worried whenever I fly alone on Malindo or AirAsia.”

“It’s a real hassle for me,” he added, to what we would imagine was awkward laughter from the Dewan Negara.

Malindo Air cabin crew uniforms


There’s nothing like killing two birds with one stone, though! It’s not every day you can issue a moral sartorial mandate, and solve a domestic issue, in one fell swoop.

Abdullah disagreed with Zulkarnain, telling him that he found the Malindo Air uniforms acceptable, as “sensitive areas” were covered. He did not define what he meant by sensitive; however, this episode of the Fashion Police does sound particularly engaging.

In agreement was Dewan Negara deputy president Datuk Seri Abdul Halim Abd Samad who thanked him for touching on an interesting subject.

“This is a good topic that many people can relate to, as they always take flights,” he said.

Dear sirs, with all due respect, we think that you may not only be overthinking the kebaya at this point, you may also be overestimating how often people fly, and the fact that most travelers are looking forward to their in-flight meal rather than a glimpse of wrist.

But what do we know? More fashion-talk on the taxpayer’s dime. Love it. Special guest Tim Gunn next time.



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