Sepang council scales great heights in promoting batik

Abd Hamid and the MPSepang staff members wearing Batik Selangor at the top of Mount Kinabalu on Jan 28.

SEPANG Municipal Council (MPSepang) gained entry into the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) for having the most participants wearing batik on Mount Kinabalu.

Thirty-six MPSepang employees reached the highest peak in the country dressed in Batik Selangor on Jan 28.

The batik design, which is adorned with Spanish cherry or bunga tanjung motif – the official flower of the state with nine petals representing the nine districts – was launched by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Amirudin Shari on Dec 1 last year.

This is the dress code for civil servants and is the official attire for state events.

The MBOR certificate was recently presented to MPSepang president Datuk Seri Abd Hamid Hussain at Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel, Sabah.

Abd Hamid said he was proud that all the participants managed to complete the feat.

He recounted how they had brainstormed ideas for ways to promote batik and decided to scale the 4,095m mountain to achieve their objective.

“People always look at what is at the top.

“Since Mount Kinabalu is the highest point in the country and in South-East Asia, we decided to take up the challenge of climbing it while wearing our Batik Selangor outfits,” he said.

Abd Hamid said they started their journey on Jan 27.

The men wore the batik shirt from the halfway point of Laban Rata, while the women wore the baju kurung over their hiking gear at the peak. — By VIJENTHI NAIR

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