Monday, March 17, 2008

Clarification on songkok

I do not intend to discuss the issue of songkok at this juncture but I need to clarify a question raised here.
It is not a requirement to wear songkok in the Chamber of the State Assembly for swearing-in ceremony, annual openning ceremony or meeting. It is only a requirement in the palace when seeking audience or attending function, except the state dinner or black tie dinner. This requirement has been made compulsory by HRH Sultan sometime in 2002.
I wish to emphasize again that this issue has not been an issue with the delay, if any, of the formation of the new coalition government now. Everything is in the progress.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...


p/s: 我是当天在SS2朝阳冒雨听你说怎么捉老鼠的其中一位。

Hasbullah Pit said...

Walaupun songkok itu tidak wajib dalam perundangan, namun mengapa mesti mengelak-ngelak supaya tidak mahu.

Dengan menunjukkan sikap bertoleransi, bukankah pemakaian songkok dapat menarik pengundi melayu?

Laksarian said...

Tolerance goes both ways, my dear sebol. Why can't the palace be understanding a bit and not force others to conform strictly to their dress code? Won't that attract the Chinese voters too?

Anonymous said...

You're just full of excuses... requirement or not you should have some sense of respect to those around you... too much time has been wasted because of your sensitivity, can you stop and start working or pass it to others

Hasbullah Pit said...

Sultan tidak memerlukan undi samada Undi Melayu atau cina. :)

Jika UMNO hampir musnah kerana keris,
Jangan DAP pula mengikut jejak yang sama kerana songkok.

Anonymous said...

I think it should make clear to the media and the public as where is a must and the other not a must. Many has been mistaken as reported in the media as DAP ADUN did not wear the head dress when it is NOT necessary.

The next main task for DAP is to attrach Malays and bumis into the party. Otherwise, it will start to lose out to PKR as people perceive DAP is a Chinese base party and its Malaysian First is hollow in essence.

Look why many chinese join PKR and not the other way for Malays to join DAP or other multi-racial parties like Gerakan or PPP?

Thoughts and customs are changing. In the past it is a taboo for chinese to wear black but now it is a trend or a must in order to be identified with the group and to be feel welcome. Please let us know if wearing a songkok is religious or just a custom like Viets like to wear a Kopi hat?

Anonymous said...

我觉得正常人都不会想做平常没做的事/讨厌的事/不想做的事/。。。. 我觉得人是会衡量轻重的动物(自主的),他们会选择要做什么或不做什么(世界任何一种人都是这样,除非他是外星人)。

我觉得‘马来西亚人/马来西亚人优先’不管由谁提出都是空洞的(目前为止)。因为在外国人眼里‘马来西亚人’= ‘马来人’。


我对行动党和公正党成立的目的不是很清楚,但我觉得行动党付出了不少,公正党我还没感觉到(‘或许以后会吧’)。我希望会有很多马来人公开说要增建华小,公平对待各族(大学入学,。。。). 那么‘马来西亚人’就不会像是在宇宙中呼喊般的空洞。

Anonymous said...

This Raja Petra is racist and he likes to champion Malay agenda. To Chinese , wearing songkok is related to Islam.

It's a matter of Malay not sensitive towards other races. You Malay always want people to respect you but on the other way you do not care about sensitivity of other races. I put you in this situation.. You're invited to a Chinese house and you're required to hold joss-stick. Will you do it ? What tolerance are you talking about ? To have tolerate among races, first, you have to tolerate as well. You can't except other races will always kow-tow to Malay.

Btw, I found out a amusing blog to spoof Reja Petra. Have a good laugh

Sean E said...

Now that the opposition parties have won control of 5 state governments and denied BN two third majority in the parliament, do the next stage by petition for a Royal Commission on Electoral Reform (RCER) in Malaysia.

If you want to have a better future for our children in Malaysia, do your part by signing the on-line petition at

This is one way to bring our message to the Government.

Don’t just sit there, stand up and be counted! We want a fair and transparent election.


1) Gerrymandering. The discrepancy between number of voters in voting areas is too great. The smallest parliamentary seat (Federal Territory, Putrajaya) has only 6,608 voters while the parliamentary seat for Kapar in Selangor has 112,224 voters. What this means is that one vote in the Putrajaya parliamentary constituency is equivalent to 17 votes in the Kapar constituency.

2) Phantom voters. A common tactic is to ‘buy’ the identity card of the voters. Party members from the ruling parties will then vote on the voters’ behalf. Random checking of a person’s identity must be conducted using those finger print checking device (like the bank use). Any voting done on another person’s identity must be made a serious offence under the election law. Now you know why the indelible ink was withdrawn at the last minute by the SPR (Election Commission).

3) Postal votes. The rules on postal voting must be reviewed, tightened and amended. The current rule favours the ruling party as the armed forces personnel and policemen who vote by ‘postal voting’ would obviously not jeopardize their career or promotion prospect by voting for the opposition. Voting under postal voting is not secret as it is under the watchful eyes of the senior officers. Christina Liew of DAP (Api-Api) lost due to postal votes. The ruling party has control of 250,000 postal votes!

4) Spoiled votes. How do we define spoiled votes. It is very easy to turn good votes into spoiled votes (by adding one more x to the ballot paper). Are spoiled votes being verified and watched over by the party representatives? In marginal areas in which the winning margin is razor thin, the so-called spoiled votes need to be scrutinized.

Hasbullah Pit said...

You're invited to a Chinese house and you're required to hold joss-stick. Will you do it ?

My answer is "yes".

Anonymous said...

The Songkok is another example of of Malay extremism. The songkok is not a malaysian protocol. Its a Malay protocol forced on non malays. This is why the DAP won the election. The non Malay community is sick and tired of the extermism at hand.

jwhue said...

Dress codes are dress codes, either you follow it or don't attend the function.

In my opinion, this is quite a petty issue. Get on with the work!