Women, Family, and Community Development Deputy Minister Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff recently received flak for saying that female flight attendants should wear shariah-compliant attire
In response to her statement, the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (NUFAM) president said that the deputy minister should get her priorities right
Several Malaysian politicians also emphasised that she should be focusing on helping the 13,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) staff, who have been asked to take unpaid leave due to the COVID-19 outbreak, instead of on their attire
Last week, MAS employees were told to take up to three months of unpaid leave from April to help cope with the impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry. To help with lowering costs, MAS group chief executive Captain Izham Ismail also announced a 10% pay cut for its senior management, reported Malay Mail.
On 14 March, Bersatu youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman tweeted that the deputy minister should focus on resolving the MAS issue first.
"Most of them are young people," he wrote.
In a Facebook post today, 16 March, former Women, Family, and Community Development Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh reiterated that the timing to bring up such an issue was wrong.
The deputy minister has apparently shut down her Twitter account today after causing an uproar over a recent controversial tweet about COVID-19
Since then, Twitter users have had a lot about Datuk Siti Zailah's statements
There has been a recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. However, avoid over purchasing necessities because it may lead to worse problems: