Terengganu declares Sundays as Batik Day


Wearable art: Razali (centre) visiting local batik clothing vendors at the Beautiful Terengganu Carnival. — Bernama

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu government has declared Sundays as Batik Day in the state.Besides state civil servants, said state Tourism, Culture, Environment and Climate Change Committee chairman Datuk Razali Idris, private sector employees, self-employed individuals, entrepreneurs and Terengganu residents in general are all encouraged to wear batik on Sundays, Bernama reported.

The move, he said, is in line with Putrajaya’s move to elevate the status of batik.“The state government supports the Federal Government’s (effort to encourage) the wearing of batik at any time, including the mandatory batik dress code (for civil servants) on Thursdays.

“I see this as a good opportunity to revitalise Terengganu batik, which I believe has been dying out with the increasing presence of imported batik from abroad, particularly from India and Pakistan.”

“Hopefully, this initiative will serve as a platform to promote Terengganu batik, renowned for its high quality, and play a role in boosting the local batik industry,” he said after officiating the Beau-tiful Terengganu Carnival here on Friday night.

Razali, however, said that all civil servants in the state are subject to the dress code for civil servants, to be issued by the Human Resource Management Division of the State Secretary’s Office.

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