Chic and practical uniforms to forge sense of belonging


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 Nov 2003

BY LAM LI

PETALING JAYA: Ridding the stiff, regimented image of a uniform and replacing it with one that will help to forge a sense of belonging and bonding was what designers of the National Service Programme uniform sought to do. 

The creative process in coming up with three separate sets of uniforms – for physical training, classroom activity, and community service – was a blend of fashion, practicality and cultural sensitivity. 

Leading the creative team was Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing, president of Limkokwing University College of Creative Education, who had set out to design uniforms that youths would be keen and proud to wear. 

“It is like wearing with a sense of bonding and being proud of having been part of the National Service Programme,” Lim said in an interview. 

A survey was conducted among some 1,000 students to ascertain the preferred colour scheme, style and trend. 

Fashion designer Es Azren said a lot of consultations and changes took place during the designing process so as to adhere to cultural and gender sensitive guidelines by the Government. 

“On top of that, the uniforms have to be practical, functional and comfortable,” he said.  

The results of the four-month research are the three sets of blue-theme cotton uniforms; the tiger-stripe ala-military attire for physical training, the semi-formal and smart casual shirt-slacks combination for classroom activities and T-shirt and track bottom or three-quarter cargo pants for community service. 

 

All the uniforms come with multiple pockets for keeping belongings, notepads and pens.  

 

The uniforms were unveiled to the public on Monday by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.  

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