Wee questions need for strict dress code for Johor civil servants

MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong.

PETALING JAYA: Ayer Hitam MP Wee Ka Siong has questioned the Johor state executive council’s decision to implement a strict traditional Malay dress code for government servants every Thursday.

While he agreed that traditional Malay attire is eye-catching and unique, he asked why the Johor exco is pushing the whole civil service to wear the cultural outfit of only one race, adding that this was “unnecessary” in a diverse country.

A Teluk Belanga-style outfit has been recommended for Johor civil servants.

“The dress code has little effect in boosting the efficiency of the public service. Moreover, it will add to the burden of the public servants, especially teachers.”

He cited a meeting appendix, which stated that male civil staff have to don a Teluk Belanga-style outfit, whereas batik shirts, which are the common choice among public servants, were not included in the dress code.

“Why are you causing trouble to the teachers? And how do you explain the emphasis on the culture of a single race?” he asked in a Facebook post yesterday.

The Johor exco decided on the strict dress code in a meeting last Sept 5.