Kolej Polytech Mara changes its graduation dress code rule

October 8th, 2012 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Until just about 2 weeks ago, Kolej Polytech Mara had a very strict dress code for its graduating students who are to take part in the graduation ceremony.  It was compulsory for the male students to wear songkok and for the female students to wear tudung (headscarf) or else they will not be allowed to take part in the ceremony.

 Female Indian students for example, would mostly wear saree during convocation (well, at least the ones I’ve seen in various IPTs) and it will be strange to see them with tudungs.  It will be also an affront to the students who subscribe to different cultural beliefs, and may as well infringe on their rights.

I remember reading about it on social media and wondered if the college highlighted this when promoting their courses to non-Muslim school leavers students or not.  Students have plenty of options nowadays to further study, and may as well skip your college if they knew about it. Its not like as if you in the top lists of IPTs.

And surprisingly when I checked at the website few days back, the following message was published. The songkok and tudung requirements were not required for non-Muslim students.

Pity that over 50 years of independence and still need to highlight these kinds of restrictions in order to get it removed. Maybe it shows how (in)sensitive or (un)aware you are that there are also other people living in Malaysia.

 

source: http://convo.kptm.edu.my/2012/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=56

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