Thursday, December 08, 2005

Universiti Utara Malaysia Staff To Wear Batik

The Star reported today that Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) staff are now required to wear batik to work on the first and third Sunday of each month.
They should wear the university’s batik uniform on the first Sunday and ‘batik' clothes of their choice on the third Sunday. They should wear the university’s batik uniform on the first Sunday and ‘batik' clothes of their choice on the third Sunday.

UUM vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Nordin Kardi said the campaign, which began last week, was in line with the government’s campaign encouraging civil servants to wear batik at work. Dr Nordin said wearing batik would help to promote local batik producer and industry.
Don't academics have better things to do than to think about trivialities?

Will academics get their contracts terminated like Dr Azly Rahman if they refuse to wear the universities' batik uniform?

Are academics now "civil servants" first, and academics second? As far as I am concerned, academics in the top universities will rather be over their dead bodies, than to be referred to as "civil servants".

Does Dr Nordin's attempt to "promote local batik producer and industry" mean that some well connected batik uniform manufacturers gets a decent contract for something to be worn 12 times a year?

How did news like this get into the press anyway? Was Dr Nordin so proud of this little brain wave, that he actually invited the media to write about it?

Sigh.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with wearing Batik anyway?

mh said...

Ahah! My "favorite" university...

You lament the poor command of English of our graduates and wonder why. Here is an example of a university that produces these graduates. UUM effectively mutilates even the basics.

Their senior officers are listed on this page (in Bahasa): http://www.uum.edu.my/am/pegawai.html

The English translation of the same can be found here: http://www1.uum.edu.my/portaleng/index.html?page=uniofficer.html

"Harvard of the East"? Kaki saya!

Anonymous said...

I think nothing wrong with wearing batik. Also, there is no need to "hantam" the academics because they wanted to promote the local products.

I do not agree wearing batik means putting "civil servants" first and academics second. To me, it merely means some dressing code. That is all.

If they do not perform academically, has nothing to do with their dressing code.

Tony P said...

To Anons,

I have nothing against wearing batiks to work or to anywhere. I'm happy if the government promotes wearing local crafts. I for one prefer wearing batiks to formal functions than the typical stuffy jacket and ties.

However, I have an issue when things are made "regulated" for no apparent reason. The government is promoting a courtesy campaign. Should the universiti then put forward a proposal to ensure that we must smile 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays?

Put up as many posters as you like to promote local crafts in the university. But the interest of the university will be better served if we leave "regulation" to things that actually needs regulation.

Tony P

Anonymous said...

Yo Tony, Long time already lah this batek thing! Also there is baju melayu for muslims on friday thing. These things fly at us like nobody's business. The better academics, i.e those with actual academic work to do, tend to ignore it.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with batiks,but like the author said, will I get my contract cancelled if I dont wear batik? Is it mandatory? If the answers to these questions is yes in any form, I am afraid to say, they have nothing better to do but to do stuff like these to justify their existence in their post and claiming that they did some work to help 'improve' the school and such.

People like these are the worst of all parasites that pretend to do something while the the quality and importance of their work brings absolutely no benefits to the grand scheme.

Pur.Boy

Anonymous said...

PS: There are more pressing matters than batik.Like improving the qualities of school. Get your priorities straight and stop wasting resources and time. Batik is just an apparel that will not bring any returns.

Pur.Boy

Anonymous said...

Of course they have better things to do, sometimes it is important to carry the balls of the top officer in the government-mah. Typical culture lah in malaysia. What else is more important than doing thing that benefits oneself first?

Anonymous said...

Y'know this often happens, his own cronies got something to sell to his organization, of course kawan sure jaga kawan's rice bowl one.

You can find this scenario anywhere in malaysia. Yeah, happen even if Pak Lah is against corruption.

"Introduce lah this batik stuffs into your uni staffs... I'll cut you some profitlah..."

Anonymous said...

I wonder what sort of lame reasoning the VC can give as to benefit the school and students besides of swallowing the money for the cronies. Reporters ought to interview him for that just to bash him a bit on this side of the issue. Should have the opposition brought this issue up in the Parliament.
If it is done under the pretext of promoting Malaysian culture, I find that inexcusable. That is the job of Tourism Ministry and some other entity. Not the main job of a university.

If people in Malaysia still sit quietly and lamenting that it is like that in Malaysia, then I am sorry to say, there goes more of your tax money. Until when will you realize that you are giving them free money to do something that has no return?

Pur.Boy

amir livnet said...

Batik for men…
And kebaya for women……..????

Ha ha ha....

Anonymous said...

"They should wear the university’s batik uniform on the first Sunday." - That's the key sentence and it translates to a lot of RM!!

Who supplies the the university’s batik uniform? Someone is laughing all the way to the bank!

Anonymous said...

Some people put "whats wrong with wearing batik?" and others said "whats wrong with promoting the local product". Hey, of course it is WRONG !! UUM, this is not your forte to promote such things, it is EDUCATION that you have to put highest priority of all. Stop becoming a fashion patrol, I'm totally pissed of all these..