KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6, 2015:
A crying and injured toddler was denied treatment by three medical facilities just because the pants his mother and aunt were wearing, were apparently too short.
According to Chinese daily China Press, the toddler, a two-year-old boy who cut his finger last Saturday was allegedly repeatedly refused treatment until his mother was given a sarong to cover herself up.
The daily stated that the boy was initially rushed to a Klinik 1Malaysia in Saleng, Johor Baru but his mother and aunt were told that their pants were too short and hence, were denied entry.
They waited for two hours before taking the boy to another Klinik 1Malaysia in Bandar Indahpura, Kulai, but claimed that even there, they were denied entry.
The clinic also cited the length of their pants as a reason to deny entry and treatment to the injured child.
The desperate duo then headed to Kulai Hospital where both claimed that even there, they couldn’t get the poor boy to be treated, allegedly for the same reason.
This forced them to try again, this time at a private clinic nearby, where according to the toddler’s father, Wong Xiang Lan, the boy was finally allowed treatment after his wife put on a sarong.
“My son was crying aloud at that time, so a nurse gave my wife a sarong and let her in,” he said as quoted by the daily in its report today.
This was not the first incident where the public were denied entry into government owned facilities for wearing “inappropriate” attire.
Public outrage had followed several incidents which began with a woman who was forced to put on a sarong before entering into Road Transport Department (JPJ) branch.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said in her parliamentary written reply yesterday, however, clarified that dress codes in government facilities are supposed to be enforced only on government officials, and not members of the public visiting the facilities.