Batik day in august House

Chow (middle in dark shirt) with other state assemblymen all wearing batik at the state assembly building. — photo from Chow’s Facebook page

IT was a colourful batik show on the fifth day of the Penang Legislative Assembly sitting when most of the state assemblymen from both sides of the political divide turned up in colourful batik attire to attend the sitting.

Among them were Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and state Opposition leader Datuk Muhamad Yusoff Mohd Noor.

In his Facebook post, Chow said civil servants were encouraged to wear batik every Thursday when coming to work.

“In fact, wearing batik symbolises the proud identity of Malaysians, besides promoting its own artistic and aesthetic values,” he said.

The donning of batik attire came after State Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang encouraged members of the state assembly to wear batik yesterday during the state assembly sitting.

He, however, said it was not compulsory for state assemblymen, adding that they could voluntarily do so to participate in the initiative.

The proposal to wear batik was made by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri and was passed following a series of motions tabled by de facto law minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar at Parliament in October.

Wan Junaidi had tabled the proposal in Parliament to allow MPs to be given the option to wear long-sleeved batik shirts during proceedings every Thursday.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun then asked for the proposal to be decided via a voice vote by MPs, which was unanimously passed.

Calls for MPs to wear batik every Thursday in Parliament was first made in 2019.

Since 2008, Putrajaya has made it compulsory for civil servants to wear batik every Thursday.

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