It is time to end hijab discrimination in the hotel industry
Putrajaya Shangri La has changed its name (and its owner) to PULSE GRANDE Hotel and it is not the most shocking news of all.
Their statement in their latest press release can shake the hospitality industry.
They are not discriminating employees with hijab.
According to Group Chief Executive, Putrajaya Leisures and Services Sdn Bhd (PULSE Group), Dato’ Badlishah Haji Ahmad, “We are against any kinds of religion, race and dress discrimination among employees.”
PULSE GRANDE Hotel has broken the status quo and their bold decision deserves a standing ovation.
It is time for other hotels to join this revolution.
Why forbid employees to wear hijab in the first place?
As long as the employee with hijab can speak fluent English, has what it takes to be a front office executive, and a person who can communicate gracefully, the employee deserves to be employed by the hotel chain.
It is time for hotels to hire employees with merit. Not with what they wear to work.
Wearing hijab is the symbol of cleanliness
The hospitality industry involves one major thing, food.
Women with hijab as a front office executive, a waitress, or a chef is an added advantage. Their heads are covered by their hijab. There is no possibility of strands of hair fall on the guest’s food while they are serving.
It is such a hassle for women employees to wear a hair net every time they enter to the kitchen. With hijab, they can just enter to the kitchen without worrying about hair fall on the food.
To express Malaysia’s diversity
The world sees Malaysia as a diverse country with people of different races and religions.
This Malaysia diversity is well known among the people outside of Malaysia, and yet, some hotels forbid their employees to wear hijab.
This is a refute towards the harmony and diversity, which is portrayed to the world by this country. It feels like living in hypocrisy.
Hire women with hijab at the front line of the hotel business will not affect anything.
Matter of fact, it can bring a positive influence to a particular hotel chain, just like how PULSE GRANDE Hotel does it.
Looking forward for more bold changes in the hospitality industry.