A two-year old boy, requiring medical attention for his cut finger, was denied treatment at not one, but two Klinik 1Malaysia branches, and a public hospital, simply because his mother and aunt were dressed in shorts that were, well, too short.
According to a report published in the Mandarin-language China Press, the series of events on Saturday saw the boy’s mother and aunt going from one medical facility to another, seeking to have the boy treated but being continually rejected due to their clothing.
Their first stop was a Klinik 1Malaysia in Saleng, Johor Bahru, where the boy’s mother and aunt were first told off for wearing shorts.
They took the boy to another Klinik 1Malaysia branch in Bandar Indahpura, Kulai two hours later, but once there, the mother and aunt were also denied entry due to their shorts.
Their third destination was the Kulai Hospital, where the mother and aunt claimed the boy was denied treatment for the same stated reason.
They finally went to a private clinic nearby, where the boy was finally granted access to medical treatment – and even then, only after his mother was made to put on a sarong.
“My son was crying aloud at that time, so a nurse gave my wife a sarong and let her in,” said the boy’s father, Wong Xian Lan.
This follows several previous instances where members of the public were denied service or even entry to federal or government facilities due to their “inappropriate attire”.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday that dress codes in government facilities were actually enforceable on the state employees working there, and not on members of the public visiting those locations.