Gender Segregation Holds Dire Consequences

By Yeong Pey Jung

March 2021 FEATURE
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WHEN THE PAS-led state government of Terengganu decided to enforce segregated seating in accordance to gender in its sole cinema in Kuala Terengganu1, the announcement sparked much discussion and debate.With this new ruling, the management of the Kuala Terengganu cinema had to divide the cinema halls into three sections, for men, women and families. This policy physically separates male and female moviegoers who are unmarried or unrelated by blood; and applies to both Muslims and non- Muslims.Gender segregation policies are...

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Yeong Pey Jung

is a senior analyst with the Socioeconomics and Statistics Programme at Penang Institute. She is a reading enthusiast and is surgically attached to her Kindle.