Kuala Lumpur, June 26 : Popular Malaysian news anchor Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi has claimed that she has been ‘suspended’ by a local TV station after cutting her hair for charity.
Ras Adiba claimed she was asked to grow back her hair to an ‘acceptable’ length in order to resume her part-time position as newscaster.
A source from NTV7 said Ras Adiba had approached them before getting shorn, and the management had told her from the start that if her hair was cropped, she would not be allowed to announce the news.
“We can''t put a bald person on air, especially for news and the anchor is a woman. We have to upkeep a certain look and feel,” The Star quoted the source, as saying.
“Ras suggested a wig, which we were against because it would look strange for her to appear on air in a wig and then in public with a shaved head,” the source said.
Ras Adiba explained that she had cropped her hair as a sign of solidarity with cancer patients, having members of her own family who had been afflicted with the disease.
According to the report, Ras Adiba''s shorn head has also resulted in a further backlash, with her receiving anonymous calls abusing her for defying a fatwa that prohibits women from shaving their head. (ANI)