KUALA LUMPUR “This programme helps boost the spirit of patriotism in me,” said Siti Aishah Mohd Mmad Rahim, 19, one of the participants of Sarong 2020 Day which was part of the Malaysia Day 2020 celebration today.
The Universiti Teknologi MARA student said the programme not only helped strengthen unity among the people but also helps to preserve sarong from being forgotten over time.
“It makes me feel patriotic especially when I see participants of all races clad in sarong. This programme can preserve our tradition and culture that is almost forgotten, especially among the younger generation,” she told Bernama here today.
Sarong Day 2020 aims to encourage people to wear the traditional attire and to remind the younger and present generation that sarong is a cultural tradition as well as a symbol of unity.
The event was held at several iconic locations around the capital including Dataran Merdeka, the Sultan Abdul Samad building, Titiwangsa, River of Life (RoL) near Masjid Jamek and several hotels throughout the country.
It was hosted by social community, Locco Malaysia who works with various agencies such as hotels, shopping malls, food manufacturers, cafes and so on in organising various cultural activities related to sarong.
A participant who only wants to be known as Bala, in his 50s, feels that the programme is unique and interesting and able to highlight the symbol and identity of this country.
“Each participant must use the sarong which is a symbol of unity among Malaysians of various races. To me it is very beautiful,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) in a statement said they encouraged frontline workers working on Malaysia Day to wear the sarong, which symbolises the identity of Malaysians.
The group’s president and chief executive officer Muhammad Nizam Alias said the initiative to wear the sarong, especially when using public transport, was a way to promote and revive the cultural heritage, especially among young people so as not to forget their roots.
Co-director of Sarong Day 2020 and Locco Malaysia content strategist, Shamsul Bahrin Zainuzzaman said the event is a replacement for ‘Keretapi Sarong’ flashmob event held on Malaysia Day every year since 2017.
“Previously, every year we would organise a flashmob in conjunction with ‘Keretapi Sarong’. However, this year we replaced it with Sarong Day because we want to avoid mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency