New Human Resources Minister's "Unusual" Headgear Is Actually A Thallapa

He was wearing it during his swearing-in ceremony.

Cover image via Sinar Online/Pinterest (edited)

Netizens were in awe of the headgear sported by the new Human Resources Minister, M. Kulasegaran during his swearing-in ceremony yesterday, 21 May

M. Kulasegaran received the letter of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday.

Image via Sinar Online

The Ipoh Barat Member of Parliament's "unusual" headgear has since sparked interest on social media, reported Free Malaysia Today (FMT).

Some questioned the design of the turban, which resembled the one worn by the new Communications and Multimedia Minister, Gobind Singh Deo during the swearing-in ceremony.

Twitter users were curious about the Minister's choice of headgear

Image via Twitter

One netizen was wondering why he picked the headgear over a songkok during the ceremony.

Image via Twitter

Another netizen asked if there was any difference between the turbans worn by Gobind and Kulasegaran.

Image via Twitter

Kulasegaran, a Hindu Tamilan, responded to the social media inquiries by explaining that he was wearing a traditional Tamil headgear

The Star reported him as saying that the headgear is called "thallapa", which is also traditionally worn by Tamil kings.

He also expressed his pride in wearing the thallapa in recognition of his heritage.

"The last time I wore it was during my wedding. It is part of Tamil culture," Kulasegaran was also quoted as saying by FMT.

In other news, Gobind made history as the first Sikh minister in Malaysia:

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