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Terengganu’s Dress Code

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There’s been a lot of buzz about the latest dress code for Malaysia’s state of Terengganu, home to the Perhentian and Redang Islands, which are popular with divers and beachgoers. According to The Star online on Sunday (1 Mar 2015), the conservative state had planned to release guidelines for an Islamic dress code, particularly for female tourists, when visiting Terengganu. This would have meant no bikinis, shorts and tank tops in a tourism destination that’s famous for its beaches.

However, in a recent update (2 Mar), Terengganu Chief Minister Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman denied that the state issued an Islamic dress code barring tourists from wearing revealing attire, claiming he was surprised to hear about it. According to the minister, there are already existing laws to deal with those dressed improperly, and that they have no plans to introduce new rules.

The news of this dress code implementation, which went viral on Sunday after it was published on the state government’s website, Teganukita, has since been removed.

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