Thursday, May 22, 2008
posted by PabloPabla at 10:29 am

Which comes first in an ordinary man's mind when he looks at a group of school girls in their white blouse uniform? Lust or Uniform? According to the vice-president of the National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia, Munirah Bahari, whom I presume is a lady / girl, “The white blouse is too transparent for girls and it becomes a source of attraction”. “It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it" she added before saying “Decent clothes which are not revealing can prevent and protect women from any untoward situations”. If I read her correctly, she is saying that the current white blouse worn by school girls for as long as I could remember, is indecent because it is revealing and encourages lustful thoughts. I don't know whether I should laugh or cry. Well, I was laughing in glee this morning celebrating Man Utd's victory but when I read this piece of news, I thought I was having trouble thinking with such little sleep last night.

I could not think of how absurd such a suggestion could come out from Munirah - that the white blouse is or could be a cause of social ills (rape, sexual harassment and even premarital sex) prevalent in this country. Was a proper study conducted which led to such evidence that the triggering factor for such social ills point towards the white blouse which is deemed too transparent? From what I know, the whole of the white blouse is only visible when sixth formers wear them. Those in the pre-sixth forms have a blue pinafore over and above the white blouse. Surely, if Munirah is a lady, she would know the difference between a white blouse and a white baju kurung top. Whereas the white baju kurung top is indeed fully visible, the white blouse is, save for sixth formers, substantially covered by the blue pinafore. But she can't be wrong because in the news report, she mentioned about white blouse. Not white baju kurung top.

Perhaps Munirah and her association ought to go and study why is it that pre-marital sex, rape and incest is prevalent amongst certain communities in this country. Take a visit to the courts - especially in the rural areas. It is not uncommon to find some blokes being charged for rape or incest. It is an open secret. Moreover, just search in the internet for certain keywords with 3gp and a certain race in Malaysia and you will find a whole list of sites with homemade videos of young couples making out and enjoying their video shooting session. Of course, I am not trying to say there are no social ills amongst the other communities but there are. I am just saying that with this community, the problem is more serious that what it is made out to be.

The point I am trying to make is this - the social ills are not just arising from a white blouse which has been worn by millions of school girls in this country. It goes deeper. I have had a couple of discussions with DPPs in court who told me that such social ills could be related to the living conditions of the community. When all in the family live in a one room house, you don't really have a thing called privacy. Why is it that despite efforts to be stricter religion-wise, the young seems to become more liberal and rebellious? Does Munirah seriously think that if all school girls are covered from head to toe in thick denim-like clothing that social ills would drop dramatically? If a man is lustful, he will be lustful regardless of whether a girl is dressed up in revealing clothes or fully covered head to toe. Either way, his thoughts would run wild and that is the problem that we all need to tackle.

And I truly hope that this is not another attempt to force all school girls to "cover up" solely based on Islamic precepts. If that's the case, Munirah should have advocated a covering up of all women in this country as believe me, some women out there do dress far more revealing than these school girls in their school uniform. That would have been a more consistent stance that dressing contributes to social ills as suggested by Munirah. I truly believe that there is nothing wrong with the current uniform worn by school girls and that it should stay that way. If somebody needs a slap in the face, it would be those boys who are unable to control their overcharged hormones and resort to sexual immorality. Deal with the root cause of sexual immorality, Munirah. Not on white blouses please.



At 11:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous

I think our present school uniform is perfect and don't have to change. All you have to do is take serious action outside the school. If you can see, some of the girls open their "Tudung" once they step out from school. If they don't wear inner wear, then they will reveal their bra transparent from their "baju kurung". This is revealing. Also, if you could visit any shopping mall (open karaoke/cinema/etc) you can see our young lings (i bet their age barely meet 13) is out there socializing with strangers without parents guidance. All these matter should take into account rather than jumping into school. All the problems happening outside the school.


At 1:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous

I don't like the way men is generalized to be sex-maniacs around school girls wearing white blouses. Come on la... some of us are fathers and have daughters you know!

Does it mean that each time I look at a school girl, I have lust in my heart?


At 4:00 pm, Blogger KaDusMama

I'm from 5xmom blog hopping to read your! I'm supporting you that whatever the brainless Munirah say..Totally stupid! Never in a million years a white blouse can attract rapist. Only stupid people can think like that..


At 5:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous

what is going to happen next ?? School uniform must be BLACK COLOUR COS WHITE COLOUR IS TOO SEDUCING !! PLZ lar.. it's so CRAZY !! Wat to do, brainless people say brainless thing. :)


At 6:04 pm, Blogger Mumsgather

Its totally absurd and its insulting to both men and the girls to suggest that men would be "drawn to it whether they like it or not."


At 6:42 pm, Blogger Bengbeng

We had a talk abt this matter this morning. While the white baju kurung top could potentially b sexy if the students get caught in rain for e.g. but they wear a head dress. The pinafore is there for a purpose. So, what is she talking about? I am not surprised there is a dissenting voice but what shocks me is the media covverage given to her views.


At 9:45 am, Anonymous Anonymous

I'm another blog hopper from 5x Mom, read the story there, jumped here looking for more. I guess we all realized lately, all these politikus and politikus wanna-bes all like to shoot their mouths off without using the 3lbs of slush between their ears. I don't think the media egged them into making such nonsensical statements. I also wonder what uniform Munirah wore in school and why didn't she or her associates protest about the 'revelations' that she's harping about now.