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All Male Civil Servants In Kelantan Will Start Wearing Songkok To Work On Thursdays

The directive was issued to promote the state's Islamic image.

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The Kelantan government has declared that all male civil servants in the state are required to wear songkok to work every Thursday

Usually only worn during formal occasions such as weddings and funerals, or the festive holidays, the decision to don the traditional Malay cap once a week was made by the state government during its executive councillors meeting on 6 November.

According to New Straits Times, the directive was finally issued by the state secretary office on 19 December, signed by the deputy Datuk Tengku Azmi Tengku Jaafar, and is set to be effective today, 26 December.

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The new directive affects the 5,000 men working at the state administration office in Darulnaim Complex and other local government offices

"They have to wear black songkok every Thursday during office hours," Tengku Azmi said, as quoted by Free Malaysia Today, adding that this was in line with efforts to promote the state's Islamic image.

The demand for songkok has been decreasing over time, leaving songkok-making a dying art:

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