PETALING JAYA: Batu Gajah MP V. Sivakumar (pix) has demanded an apology from the Ipoh City Council over its “except saree” dress code made in an invitation for a special Aidilfitri gathering on July 1.
Sivakumar said in a statement on Sunday that he was disappointed with the invitation as it insulted the traditional wear of the Indians.
"I do not intend to raise a racial issue, but I’m compelled to write this statement because the Indian community has been insulted.
“In the invite, it is clear that the attendees are encouraged to be dressed in their traditional wear except 'saree'," he said.
Earlier, the Ipoh City Council clarified that their employees were still free to wear a saree.
In a statement, it said there had been a misinterpretation to the dress code in the invitation sent out to its staff.
Sivakumar claimed the incident appeared to show that the city council did not know the traditional outfits of the races in the country.
"I do not know what other traditional female outfit would Indian women wear if not a saree," he said.
The DAP lawmaker then questioned if a precedent would be set for more discrimination against the traditional saree.
"Does this mean it will soon be against the law to wear saree to work? Would it eventually mean that women are forbidden from wearing saree in this country?
"I therefore call for both the Federal and the state governments to right the wrong. I demand an explanation," he said, claiming that the incident had angered Malaysians.