Kelantan is one of Peninsular Malaysia’s northern states. It has a government run by a political party based on religion. In theory, one assumes this means no corruption among the politicians, honest government and fair dealing. Perhaps it works that way in practice too – I have little knowledge of the matter.
One thing for sure, in practice it also means more weird stuff.
All supermarkets in the state have to have 3 checkout counters. One for men, one for women and one for families. This was decreed some time ago, but now they are getting strict about enforcement – otherwise the supermarket will be fines for each offence, $1000RM or about US$100.
Why? Because some women have been harrassed by men at common checkout counters.
Boy, do I have news for them – we women get harrassed everywhere, and it doesn’t matter which country or how we are dressed. For a woman, it is part of life and we learn to deal with it. To stop it, though, I have a better suggestion. Why don’t we lock all men up in the house and not let them out?
Really, it makes more sense than separate supermarket queues…