Bermuda Shorts Barred From Overseas Council

July 12, 2015

A pair of elderly siblings wearing Bermuda shorts was recently barred from entering the city council building in the Malaysian city of Ipoh, marking the second time this month that the island fashion staple has gotten people overseas into trouble.

A story in Malaymail Online says, “In the latest incident involving citizens being denied entry at government departments over their dressing, The Star quoted Chinese-language paper Sin Chew Daily as reporting that a security guard had told 68-year-old Huang Zheng Zhou and his sister, Xia Nv, last Thursday that their shorts ended above the knee.

“The Star reported that another woman, 49-year-old Chen Mei Lan, was initially also stopped from entering the building, even though her hemline went past the knee, as her blouse was deemed see-through.

“Incidents involving both women and men who were turned away from government buildings for purportedly violating the dress code have occurred at a Road Transport Department office in Kuala Lumpur, a Penang courthouse, the Selangor state secretariat, the Sungai Buloh public hospital, and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, among others.

“Some cases involved women being given sarongs by security personnel, and in one instance, something completely inappropriate like a towel, to cover their legs in order to gain entry into the buildings.”

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