PETALING JAYA: The Ipoh City Council has clarified that its employees are not disallowed from wearing traditional saree at its special Aidilfitri gathering on July 1.
In a statement Saturday, the council said there had been a misinterpretation to the dress code in the invitation sent out to its staff.
"The confusion arose due to misunderstanding.
“When it says 'except saree', it means the staff can wear a suitable saree and those who work in the field can make a choice to wear a saree, office wear, or anything that is appropriate for the ceremony," the council said.
A copy of the invitation, which is being circulated on social media, has drawn flak from Internet users with many accusing the council of discrimination.
The dress code states that the Malays should wear "national clothes" while the attires for other communities are "traditional clothes except saree".
But the council said it was never their intention to touch on the sensitivities of any race.
"We have never intended to offend anyone, especially in the month of Ramadan where the Muslims and the non-Muslims are encouraged to respect and forgive each other.
"Therefore, we hope that this matter can be settled amicably," it said.