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UKM Takes Down Dress Code Policy Banning Cheongsam And Saree Following Criticism On Social Media

today31 October 2022

Background


Over the weekend, Malaysians expressed their discontent with the most recent dress code policy for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s 50th convocation event on social media.

This began when a poster with the university’s logo indicating appropriate and inappropriate clothes for graduates and guests attending the convocation event went viral on Twitter, and the issue has been making headlines ever since.

Along with a short-sleeved blouse and knee-length pencil skirt ensemble, the saree and cheongsam, which are traditional attire for ethnic Chinese and Indian women, were included in the list of clothing that was prohibited.

Subsequently, Siti Kasim, a local lawyer and activist, criticised the university over the dress code rule. In a video she shared on her Facebook page, Siti stated that the institution was literally telling the graduates’ and their parents how to dress for the graduation ceremony.

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Written by: Lara Kramer


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