Kula on why he wore his headgear at swearing-in ceremony

Kula wearing his headgear during the swearing-in ceremony at Istana Negara. (Youtube screengrab)

PETALING JAYA: DAP MP M Kulasegaran has thrown light over the headgear he wore during the swearing-in ceremony as human resources minister at the Istana Negara today.

He said the Tamil headgear is called “thallapa”.

“The last time I wore it was during my wedding. It is part of Tamil culture,” Kula told FMT.

He was responding to social media inquiries on the unusual black “turban” he was seen wearing during the ceremony.

Kulasegaran was not alone in wearing a headgear today.

Gobind Singh Deo, who rarely wears a turban, was today seen sporting the headgear during the swearing-in ceremony as communications and multimedia minister before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The turban, or “pagg”, is associated with Sikhism, and Sikhs wear it to project an identity of grace, uniqueness and higher consciousness.

The other male ministers wore the songkok during the ceremony.

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