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jericho
21-10-2003, 01:27 PM
Source : The Star (http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2003/10/21/focus/6532487&sec=focus)

Donít let clothing hinder racial harmony

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamadís call for Malaysians to move together towards a Bangsa Malaysia in his address at the OIC summit.

However, it seems as though some of his colleagues in the government service do not share his views, vision and tolerance.

A friend recently recounted her experience when she attended an interview to join the government service.

She observed that several Malay and non-Malay women who were dressed smartly and formally, but in long skirts or trousers and not in baju kurung or baju kebaya were told to leave almost immediately.

Another friend related that in the government school where she teaches if a Malay woman teacher wears anything else other than the baju kurung or kebaya Ė even something as aurat-covering as a Punjabi suit Ė she would be reprimanded or spoken to by other teachers.

Even senior non-Malay teachers would wear baju kurung on a regular basis in order to gain the co-operation of the Malay women teachers.

While these dresses could be considered as our national costume, this unwritten law, imposed arbitrarily by certain individuals enforcing it as compulsory office-wear, only causes misunderstanding and resentment.

It is thoroughly disheartening to realise that something as trivial as clothing from another culture can become a stumbling-block to achieving racial harmony, tolerance, understanding and unity.


A. MOHAMAD,

Selangor.

(via e-mail)

Left 4th Finger
21-10-2003, 01:42 PM
Why does this happen?

Joecool
21-10-2003, 02:26 PM
Maybe they misunderstood Bangsa Malaysia to mean Bangsa Melayu? Or maybe that is the general assumption? Just a thought.

uchangeng
03-11-2003, 07:04 PM
Is wearing the baju kurung makes one more patriotic or more becoming of "orang kita"? I simply could not understand the preceived communial "solidarity" that purportedly achieved by forcing someone else to don the same attire. Is this what I call the "Kampung Politik" in big towns?

Sad isn't it?

On a serious note, if this trend continues, one day, all will be forced into wearing a standard outfit, keep a beard and the female folks may even be forced into wearing a purdah! It is already happening in some two East Coast states.

osama
04-11-2003, 07:05 AM
one day, all will be forced into wearing a standard outfit, keep a beard and the female folks may even be forced into wearing a purdah! It is already happening in some two East Coast states. this remark is nothing but slander and shows ill intention to confused the people!this type of people that really hinder racial harmony!