KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): A batik entrepreneur in Terengganu expressed his confidence that the industry will repeat its glory years when the use of batik is expanded among private sector employees in the country.
A and Z Songket owner Che Mustaffa Che Ibrahim said based on his experience in the business over the past 20 years, any government policy regarding the use of batik would have positive impact on the business.
“For example, when the government introduced the use of batik among civil servants in 2008, we received numerous orders from government departments and agencies for uniforms and gifts.
“For me, the government's latest proposal for private sector employees to wear batik will help increase the sales of batik as well as popularise it as part of Malaysia's image globally,” he told Bernama Monday (Feb 4).
On Saturday (Feb 2), Tourism, Arts and Culture minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi was quoted as saying the ministry would encourage private sector employees to wear batik, as currently practised by civil servants every Thursday, to boost the batik industry further.
The sentiment was shared by Nadeema Songket Courtier owner Emma Surianti Che Mustaffa, who expressed her optimism that with the government's encouragement, batik would become a trend that would be the pride of Malaysians in the future. - Bernama