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Turns out it’s not women in pants after all.

Turns out it’s not women in pants after all.. Malaysia fines unmarried couples for holding hands in public. Imagine! In public!

Reader comments

nelzsJun 05, 2003 at 1:16AM

Ipoh sucks! No, the whole northeastern region of the Malay Peninsula sucks! A particular state in those parts is governed by a fundamentalist party.. they would prefer the state to match the conditions in Afganistan when Al-Queda ruled. Be elsewhere when you're in Malaysia.

tomasJun 05, 2003 at 10:35AM

It's a good thing we live in a much more enlightened society.

mikeJun 06, 2003 at 12:48AM

it's a silly law enforced by overzealous officials in the town. it generated a little bit of a furore, and thankfully, they're now doing something against it.

jonathanpohJun 06, 2003 at 4:34AM

I'm a resident of Ipoh and FYI it's not located in the northeastern states of Malaysia "governed by a fundamentalist party". Ipoh is in the state of Perak on the west coast of the peninsular and not run by a fundamentalist party. I won't go into the politics of our nation but I can tell you that not all Malaysians are Muslim fundamentalists looking to transform it into another Afghanistan.

Besides, this hand-holding issue IS a silly thing and locals are all against it, and are lobbying to abolish the bylaw. Read the news on our local daily, The Star.

nelzsJun 07, 2003 at 2:38AM

sorry. it was a long day and the news irked me.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.