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(May 01, 2013) Two Javanese cities, located near
Muslim attire was defined by South Tangerang's mayor for male workers as long-sleeve collarless shirts, worn with black cone-shaped hats. Women's attire is to include a hijab (head scarf), with a loose-dress over a long white shirt or loose pants. The mayor noted that she thought this policy would have a good effect on work performance. (Fidrus & Christanto, supra.)
The Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), an Indonesian umbrella organization for human rights groups (Profile HRWG, HRWG website (Aug. 28, 2009)), has objected to the dress code, calling it a violation of Indonesia's constitution and asking the country's Home Affairs Ministry to investigate. The Deputy Director of the group, Choirul Anam, stated that rules on attire for government workers were a misunderstanding of Islam and would not help the country. Anam advocated instead that local governments, "[a]ccelerate physical development by building public facilities, providing better health access and education — especially for the poor — and implement monitoring to avoid corruption. These are more Islamic than requiring people to wear Muslim attire." (
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
|Topic:||Officials and employees More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Indonesia More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 05/01/2013