Netizens Question Why Cheongsam & Saree Are Not Allowed In UKM Convocation Dress Code

The university has since removed the poster from its official website.

Cover image via @NewsBFM (Twitter) & Iqmal Haqim Rosman/New Straits Times

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Netizens are expressing displeasure over Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's (UKM) dress code guidelines for its 50th convocation ceremony next month

A poster bearing the university's emblem has been circulating on social media, showing acceptable and unacceptable attire for graduates and guests attending the ceremony.

According to the flyer, graduates or guests are encouraged to wear suits, baju Melayu, and long-sleeved batik shirts for men, while women are encouraged to wear baju kurung, baju kebaya, or long-sleeved blouses with long skirts.

Meanwhile, graduates or guests who wear certain items of clothing will not be allowed into the event hall

Among the prohibited clothing includes jeans, shorts, short skirts, slippers, sports shoes, cheongsams, and sarees.

Social media users claim that the poster was published on the university's official website. However, as of this morning, 31 October, the poster has since been removed.

Since being shared on Twitter, many netizens questioned why the traditional dress for Malaysian Chinese and Indian women were listed in the prohibited category for the public institution's formal event

"UKM, is this true? Why are you, a university, practising supremacist policies? Please STOP," a viral Tweet questioned.

Image via Twitter

"Why are some ethnic traditional clothes not allowed? When most of their clothing will be covered by the graduation gown?" questioned another user.

Image via Twitter

Someone else said, "Why are sarees and cheongsam considered inappropriate? It's a traditional dress just like a kurung or kebaya. Are you saying your non-Malay graduates and their family [members] are lesser than their Malay cohorts?"

Image via Twitter

SAYS has reached out to UKM for comment and has yet to receive a reply.

In March, a Malaysian graduate went viral for showing off her traditional Murut Nabai ethnic dress at her convocation in the UK:

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