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“Celebrating Batik Day On World Disability Day Marginalises OKU Community” Netizens Say

“Celebrating Batik Day On World Disability Day Marginalises OKU Community” Netizens Say

The date was chosen as a tribute to Endon Mahmood for her efforts to introduce batik to the world but it’s on the same day as World Disability Day.

Adeline Leong

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On 1 December, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced 3 December as the annual Malaysia Batik Day.

The special day hopes to encourage the multiracial rakyat to unite and wear the Malaysian batik with pride, in line with the Keluarga Malaysia theme.

The move hopes to strengthen the country’s local batik craft industry and the batik production chain in the country too.

The date was also chosen as a tribute to Endon Mahmood, the late wife of fifth prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who had promoted Malaysia’s batik industry to the world.

On 3 December 2003, Endon showcased local batik designs in Europe and succeeded in bringing batik to the world stage.

Not everyone is happy about it

While it all sounds good at first, not everyone is pleased with the announcement because 3 December is also the International Day of Disabled Persons 2021 or also known as the World Disability Day.

A Twitter user Nara Al-Shabab said celebrating Malaysia Batik Day on the same day marginalises the local disabled community even more.

She added that she understands that batik is part of the Malaysian culture but questioned why they couldn’t choose another date.

AMANAH party member Anfaal Saari also supports the notion to choose another date for Batik Day, with respect for the disabled community.

Another netizen pointed out that there are so many other dates to choose from for Malaysia Batik Day.

That said, there have also been debates about the origins of batik.

While batik originated in Indonesia, batik variations can also be found in other parts of Southeast Asia including Malaysia.

READ MORE: Why Is China Claiming Batik, And Where Did It Come From Anyway?


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