Malaysia’s education minister rejected complaints from religious groups that schoolgirl uniforms were too sexy and invited rape by men. Education Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, responded by saying, “It is unfair to punish women and children and the clothes they wear for the act of rapists. From what I have seen, clothing is not the main consderation of those who commit despicable acts.” The uniform became an issue after a little-known group, the National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia, claimed the loose fitting white blouse worn by schoolgirls was too transparent. The group which claims to represent 5,000 men, said the uniform “disturbs the eyes of men, whether they like to see it or not..Because of that molestation, premarital sex and all kinds of things occur.”
The women’s wing of the oppostition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, urged education authorities to pay attention to the complaint. “We can’t ignore the fact that the material used to make thse uniforms is too thin and it makes the girls look sexy, especially when they are not wearing the heard scarf, which can cover their chests.”
Lost in the complaint is the simple reality that men who don’t want to become sexually aroused can look down at the ground when encountering schoolgirls. Of course, it appears the men who are becoming sexually aroused are the ones making the complaint. Perhaps, they might consider the possibility that girls are not attracted to the men who are becoming aroused.