KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has allowed civil servants to wear their respective traditional garments on Thursdays as part of cultural preservation efforts.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the importance of this practice has been acknowledged by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
There are more than 30 ethnic groups in Sabah alone, which can be further divided to sub-ethnics.
In a statement here on Monday (June 17), Madius said he was in unison with the Chief Minister's view that this would help generate the economy of locals that are directly involved in the production of traditional costumes in Sabah.
"Basically, this has already been agreed ... the ethnic costumes are desirable to be accepted as one of the official outfits to wear to the office," said Madius.
During the Upko 2018 Triennial Delegates Conference in October last year, a resolution was passed to make Sabah's traditional ethnic costumes as the official dress at any official government function, he reminded.
"We suggested to the government that Sabah's ethnic costumes be made official dress at any government's official function, and on certain days to go to the office.
"Thankfully, our traditional busana is part of the official dress code," he said.
On whether the dress included the men's headgear (sigar) and women's head scarf and waist band (limpogot), Madius said, "The busana means a complete traditional outfit, so we can try to include as such as much as possible."