Missing sheila will be easily recognisable, so long as you look for what’s on her sleeves

Anyone lost?

Women in burqas are at risk of being rounded up – whether or not they are lost – in the search for a young Saudi Arabian woman who speaks little English

It seems she has been missing in Auckland since yesterday, although Alf would not be surprised if she merely had the huge good sense to decide she does not much like the place and would rather be someone else.

Anywhere else, come to think of it, which would make Tel Aviv attractive, comparatively.

The official line is that she was trying to catch a bus from Britomart to the North Shore, and her family says she wouldn’t have been able to ask for directions.

Trying to catch a bus in Auckland can be a bit challenging.

If you are a Saudi sheila in full drag, you can never be sure the driver will let you on board.

It’s only a few weeks since two women wearing the full Muslim veil were refused entry to Auckland buses.

The drivers claimed they had a fear of masks.

But let’s go along with the idea the missing sheila got on the wrong bus and has finished up …

Well, anywhere.

What does she look like?

Oh, yes.

The 18-year-old, Malak Faisal Alanazi, is of medium build and about 1.6 metres tall.

She was last seen in full black dress revealing only her hands with gold colour cultural designs on both sleeves.

Her disappearance is bound to enliven the talkback business this morning with renewed demands for Muslim veils to be banned.

Alf shares the Prime Minister’s very liberal opinions on the matter.

John Key has said there are no moves in this country to restrict the burqa, even though they’re outlawed in France and New South Wales police now have powers to ask people to remove them.

He understands the need to see a face in certain circumstances but there’ll be no law change.

“Banks, for instance, for security reasons from time to time will enforce that but for the most part we’re a multicultural society and we should respect other people’s cultural beliefs.”

He says he has no problem with burqas.

“New Zealand is a tolerant and inclusive society, I think where practical on both sides people should respect others cultural and spiritual beliefs,” he says.

Opposition leader Phil Goff has expressed similar sentiments.

“I personally don’t like the burqa at all but if somebody chooses to wear that and that’s their personal choice and it’s not doing harm to me, I’m not going to tell that person how they should present themselves,” he says.

Dunno why the tosser had to say he doesn’t like the burqa at all.

If he were to wear one, it would profoundly improve his appearance.

He has several female MPs who would do themselves a favour if they wore these things, too.

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