A PAS MP has expressed concern about the dress code of female nurses in most public health facilities in the country, alleging that their uniform is too tight and are not Shariah-compliant.
Wan Razali Wan Nor further questioned if the Health Ministry and the government wished to stick with “Western” practices with regards to the nurses’ current dress code.
“Can’t it be changed so that some relaxation on the dress code can be given?” he asked while debating the much-awaited health white paper on public health sector reforms in the Dewan Rakyat today (June 15).
In the meantime, Wan Razali asked the government, especially the Health Minister to take the example of some other hospitals that allow their female staff to wear clothes that are more appropriate in line with Islamic teachings.
The Kuantan MP then listed Hospital USM Kubang Kerian and Sultan Ahmad Shah Medical Centre in Kuantan, Pahang which provided nurses with options in terms of dress code.
“I congratulate these two hospitals that provide better ethical choices for employees,” he said.
Wan Razali further raised the issue of giving scholarships to medical students as an effort to strengthen the workforce.
“I want to get confirmation regarding the scholarship for medical students, will the allocation be increased to give students the opportunity to continue their education?” he asked.
Wan Razali also expressed hopes that Health Minister’s efforts to reform the health system towards more resilience and welfare would be achieved.
In March, Wan Razali drew the ire of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul for his unsubstantiated claim that the Women’s March had been organised by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) groups. – June 15, 2023