National attire now allowed after UKM revises convocation dress code advisory after social media backlash

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) today issued a revised version of its latest dress code guideline for its 50th convocation ceremony next month following an earlier one which had stirred Malaysians’ displeasure on social media.

In the latest dress code advisory updated today, UKM said graduands and guests attending the convocation ceremony will be allowed to wear baju kebangsaaan (national attire).

However, the latest advisory did not specify which national attire is allowed, only explicitly stating all items of clothing worn must be dark-coloured, fully sleeved and extend to one’s ankle.

It stated that male guests are allowed to wear a lounge suit, a formal long-sleeved shirt and trousers or national attire.

The only difference for a male graduand's attire is the requirement to wear a tie with their chosen attire.

For both female guests and graduands, they are also allowed to similarly wear a lounge suit or a long-sleeved top paired either with formal trousers or a long skirt.

The revised advisory also noted that all attendees are to wear fully covered formal footwear as well.

Previously, the cheongsam and the saree, which are traditional dresses for ethnic Chinese and Indian women respectively, were listed in the prohibited category alongside a short-sleeved blouse and knee-length pencil skirt combination.

The university took down the initial advisory and checks done on UKM’s official website in relation to the advisory appeared to be undergoing updates as of yesterday.