Travel restriction move angers Malaysian women


Malaysian women’s groups have reacted with outrage to a government proposal to impose restrictions on women planning to travel overseas on their own. The mainly Muslim country is considering requiring women to obtain the written consent of their families or employers before being allowed to travel alone outside the country, state news agency Bernama said yesterday, quoting the foreign minister. “It is totally ridiculous and it’s a totally regressive proposal with regards to women’s right to movement,” Norhayati Kaprawi, a spokeswoman for Sisters in Islam said today. The National Council for Women’s Organisations called it unfair. “This is an infringement of our rights,” council deputy president Faridah Khalid told the New Sunday Times.