The uniforms were criticised in parliament last December for failing to cover “sensitive areas”, according to senators who called for the aviation authority to change the rules after comparing the body hugging short skirts of local carrier uniforms with their pant-wearing American counterparts.
Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced last week that the government will not intervene in airlines’ uniform policies, so long as crew can adequately conduct emergency evacuations. He advised those who find the outfits revealing to “look away”.
How far airline operations should adhere to Muslim law has been a recent subject of debate in Malaysian parliament, with lawmakers pushing for the removal of alcohol on flights and for stewardesses to wear the hijab.
So far, the transport ministry has responded that these decisions are up to individual airlines, while the national flight attendant union said that such demands infringe on employee rights.