I was surprised to discover a “Women Only” bus service as I tailed an interstate bus near Taman Melawati in Kuala Lumpur recently. While such a gender discriminatory service may appeal to an ultra sensitive religious group, it leaves me pondering, what is going to happen next? Air Asia flights for women only? Will it stop at discriminating ‘gender’ only. Maybe it was from my previous experience with cups but images of Halal buses and non Halal buses flashed through my mind.
I feel very sad that we are more divided today than we were in the early years after 1969. I truly fear the situation will spiral out of control and we would need a Rosa Parks to bring us all back to our senses.