Give assemblymen choice in dress code, speaker urged

THERE should be an option of attire, whether lounge suits or baju Melayu for assemblymen at the state assembly said Datuk Mohd Imran Tamrin (BN-Sungai Panjang).

Mohd Imran said baju melayu was national attire that was also categorised as a formal outfit, and should be allowed to be worn in the state assembly other than Fridays.

During the state assembly meeting on Monday, Selangor speaker Ng Suee Lim commented on Mohd Sany Hamzan’s (Amanah-Taman Templer) attire of a dusty pink baju Melayu paired with songkok and green sampin.

Ng reminded assemblymen to adhere to the dress code, as stated in the invitation notice that was given to them ahead of time before the seating.

Ng reminded assemblymen that it was their responsibility to preserve the dignity of the Selangor state assembly as a legal institution and that order and discipline were important.

Mohd Imran said Ng’s comments towards Mohd Sany were unfair and should not have been done at the state meeting.

“His (Ng) comments on the dress code that must be followed throughout the seating was as though his dressing had damaged the sanctity of the council, that was a little outrageous.”

He said Ng should have given a choice and not a restriction on attire, unless the baju Melayu was not worn complete with a songkok and sampin.

He said the choice of attire would not have any affect on one’s ability in the state assembly.

He added that the signage at the state assembly on proper attire did not state that baju Melayu could only be worn on Fridays.

He said in the state assembly seatings in other states, the attire was allowed on any other day.

“We want to be progressive and dynamic but I do not see it happening if there is too much rigidity,” he said.

Mohd Imran said he hoped Ng would consider allowing the use of baju Melayu not just on Fridays and said that to improve the management of the state assembly, matters such as the attire should be discussed in the Selangor State standing order special committee meeting.

On Tuesday, Mohd Sany once again wore a baju Melayu to which Ng told reporters that unlike Parliament, the dress code was not stated in the Selangor State Standing Orders.

“It is stated in the invitation for the assemblymen to attend the state assembly session that from Monday to Thursday, assemblymen must be dressed in suits; and they can wear baju Melayu on Fridays.”

Ng said Mohd Sany did not think it was wrong to use baju Melayu as it was a national dress.

“Many assemblymen are still new and are still learning from their mistakes, this is a chance for them to know more about the rules at the state assembly” he said.

He said assemblyman can write to him to request to wear their traditional attire but it was ultimately up to the speaker to decide.

“The speaker also has the power to bar an assemblyman from entering the state assembly session for failing to adhere to the dress code.

“Many years ago, some assemblymen requested to wear Indian attire but the speaker at that time rejected the request.”

Mohd Say wore a lounge suit at Wednesday’s sitting.

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