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A Businesswoman Was Denied Entry Into KL City Hall Because Of Her Dress

How short is too short, really?

Cover image via The Rakyat Post Facebook

Earlier today, 27 April, a woman who identified herself as Jesslyn claimed that she was barred from entering the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) building because her dress was too short

Jesslyn wore a black dress with short, puffy sleeves and a slightly above knee-length hem to DBKL.

Image via The Rakyat Post Facebook

According to a Facebook post from The Rakyat Post, Jesslyn was unable to renew her business license as she was turned away for breaking the dress code

Dress code notice displayed in front of the DBKL building.

Image via The Rakyat Post Facebook

As expected, the usual arguments ensued on social media. Many argued that there is nothing indecent about Jesslyn's dress and far from breaking the dress code:

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Image via Facebook
Image via Facebook

However, some agree with DBKL, stressing that dress codes are not only enforced in Malaysian government buildings but all over the world

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Image via Facebook
Image via Facebook

Looking at the bigger picture, some commenters pointed out that there should be clear guidelines on what constitutes as "short" and "menjolok mata" (indecent) to government officials to avoid this from happening again

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Image via Facebook

After all, people have been turned away or asked to cover up due to improper clothing in the past:

But some cases really baffle the mind:

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