Malaysia’s east coast beach paradise state, Terengganu is laying all their sunscreen on the line, and telling media that while their leadership is led by the conservative Islamic PAS party, bikinis are A-OK with them, as long as it’s non-Muslims wearing them.
Speaking to the Malay daily Kosmo!, the state’s Humanity, Preaching and Information committee chairman Mohd Nor Hamzah has said that while certain Syariah laws have been implemented and enforced towards Muslims, authorities are not about to start issuing tickets for what they see as “common practice at holiday spots.”
However, like disappointed parents questioning your new wardrobe choices after you’ve come back from uni, don’t expect to come away unscathed: Authorities may approach tourists for “discussions” on the matter, but stopped short of revealing the nature of the lectures.
Sounds a bit like that friend who says “no judgement!” while totally judging you.
Terengganu is home to some of Malaysia’s most scenic beaches and islands, including Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Tenggol, and Pulau Redang.
Five million visitors passed through the conservative state last year, where over 97% of residents are Muslim.