Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) A lawmaker said Saturday that a male policeman with long hair has been instructed to get it cut short, which she said violates the principle of gender equality and related regulations should be amended. In response, the National Police Agency said that there is room for discussion on the issue and that it will invite related departments to conduct a study. Legislator Yu Mei-nu of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party said that the male policeman had grown long hair, but his superiors demanded that he cut it short in line with protocol. Yu urged the agency to shed gender stereotypes and asked it to revise regulations and protect the work rights of those who file complaints. Yang Tsung-hi, an NPA section chief, said that policemen and military personnel belong to a group in which individuality is not encouraged, and that the Ministry of National Defense also requires male military personel to stick to a dress and appearance protocol.
Policemen should conform to public perception when carrying out their official duties, which will make them more trusted and accepted by the public. He said it will take time to discuss any revision of regulations regarding hairstyles and uniforms. (By Wang Ching-yi andLilian Wu)