Thursday, July 12, 2007

"No Handshakes Please, We're Malay(sians)"

Was there a travel advisory by the Aussie?

In Malaysia, a country often described as a model of moderate Islam, the monitoring of physical distance between the sexes is enforced by the religious police. Last year a female television personality and her partner pleaded guilty in a sharia court to "close proximity" - the crime of an unmarried man and an unmarried woman being alone together - following a raid on a house. The couple was fined even though they had married since the raid.

As part of the etiquette rules for travellers to Malaysia - where Islam is the state religion - the advice is to not extend your hand but to wait for a hand to be offered. This practice would be foreign to many Australians who are taught from a young age that shaking hands is a way to introduce oneself, to greet a person or to congratulate someone.

Read the full article here.

Er, she still does it what. Photo caption reads: Minister for Trade Mr Mark Vaile and his Malaysian counterpart Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Information and Communications Technology during the 12th Malaysia–Australia Joint Trade Committee Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 26 August 2005. Photo: AAP Image/Tengku Bahar

That close proximity summore...

As a comfort, Azalina says "Muslim sportswomen need not cover up". Suddenly Burqini's not laku anymore.

Wonder he will be fuming?

Picture by Walski.

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