Monday May 16, 2005

Samsudin: Wearing of Malay attire on Fridays is optional


KUALA TERENGGANU: There will be no compulsion on Muslim civil servants to wear the Malay attire, which includes the sampin made of songket, on Fridays.
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said this was unlike the batik requirement.
It is compulsory for civil servants to wear batik on Saturdays.
Samsudin said the Government was only encouraging civil servants to wear the Malay attire, among others, to promote the songket.
“The attire is now being worn by most staff in Putrajaya, including the country’s top leaders.
“We hope more will follow suit especially in other states,” he said after visiting the Malaysian Craft Innovation Centre for Tenunan in Chendering here yesterday.
He said a circular was issued to encourage the wearing of the attire from March 15.
Although the songket is expensive because of its high quality, Samsudin said he hoped it would be priced fairly.

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