“I would not mind paying the fine if my employee was not wearing a headscarf, which is a violation of the business permit conditions, but it is ridiculous to issue a summons for wearing a three-quarter-sleeved shirt.
“She was washing my client’s hair and it would be messy if she was wearing a long-sleeved shirt,” she said.
The salon owner was issued a summons under the municipal Trade and Industry 1989 By-law.
She also accused the council of double standards as other establishments had workers who did not wear headscarves.
“Why only target my salon when the others clearly flout the law and should be issued with summonses?” she asked.
MCA central committee member Datuk Ti Lian Ker said the council’s action was “unconventional” and “unbecoming”.
“This is sending the wrong signal to the world about Malaysia,” he said, blaming the PAS-led Kelantan government for the actions of the council.
“Most people prefer to take the ‘easy way out’ for fear of repercussions from local authorities.
“This is not the first time that such a summon had been issued,” he said, adding that many often paid up because they did not want trouble with the local authorities.
Ti said this could also give the wrong impression that people were condoning such laws.
The Kelantan Government had recently come under heavy criticism after banning the sale of lottery tickets.