SHAH ALAM: Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has directed two state executive councillors to resolve the issue of official uniforms for members of the Klang Municipal Council (MPK).
He told Datuk Mokthar Dahalan and Datuk Ch’ng Toh Eng to deal with the issue before a final decision is taken on the matter.
Several non-Malay councillors had reportedly refused to wear the baju Melayu and songkok, which MPK wanted to introduce as the official attires at council meetings and functions.
They said the attires, together with a RM100,000 mace for the council president, were a waste of ratepayers' money. They also threatened not to attend any meeting if they were made to wear the uniform.
Dr Mohd Khir criticised the opposition to the baju Melayu and songkok which he said were national costumes.
He said he was shocked by claims that each set of baju Melayu (and baju kurung for the women councillors) costs RM4,000.
The price tag, he said, was exaggerated as the price of each baju Melayu was RM195, the samping RM290 and the songkok, another RM55.
“I have worn Indian and Chinese costumes during appropriate occasions. Therefore, I do not see anything strange about Chinese and Indians wearing the baju Melayu.
“I’m sure the Malay attire costs much less than the (Western) suit they usually wear,” he told reporters after the Exco meeting.
Dr Mohd Khir said although the decision to introduce the mace, as well as uniforms for MPK councillors and staff and robes for the council president and secretary was made by the council, the state government had given its endorsement.
He said the changes that were taking place were in line with the state’s vision to confer Klang with Royal City status.
“We are also helping the council with special allocations from time to time in order to improve the services and standard of cleanliness of the town,” he said.