From saree to cheong-sam, students put on a show of unity
MELAKA: It was a captivating display of traditional attire showcasing the vivid colours of Malaysia by students from Kelantan and Terengganu at an event held here.
From the saree to the cheongsam, these students were proud to show off the diverse cultures and traditions of the country.
“I was impressed when these students told me they cherished the unity among the races in this country and they decided to wear the traditional clothing of other races,” said state rural development, agriculture and food security committee deputy chairman Low Chee Leong.
He said he was told that the students from both the east coast states had wanted to wear the traditional attire when Accelskill Academy at Jalan Hang Tuah here held a belated Malaysia Day celebration on Sept 21.
In an interview, Low said he wanted to highlight the event as it was organised by the college students and showcased the unity and diversity of the people.
He added that the students, who were mostly teenagers, had demonstrated their open-mindedness in accepting the differences among people.
This, he said, was an example of how young Malaysians would accept and respect one another other if the right values were instilled in them.
Accelskill chief executive officer K. Annadurai said the students were not compelled to wear the traditional costumes for the occasion.
In fact, he said the students themselves had organised the event in which they wanted to share their experiences of studying with others from different backgrounds.
Annadurai said the college at Jalan Hang Tuah gave the opportunity to students with poor SPM results to pursue their education.
“Poor SPM results do not mean the end of the world. Current trends show that there are vast opportunities in the skills sectors,” he added.