I had the pleasure last Friday night as a guest of ZICO Holdings to attend the ASEAN@50 Commemorative Dinner at the Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. This dinner was part of a number of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN community and its member nations.
The night was a chance for me to also wear Malaysia’s National Dress being the baju melayu with songket samping (the cloth wrap that is worn around the waste and legs). This is worn mainly during Hari Raja but also classifies as formal dress for black tie events.
What was funny was that most of the locals were in Tuxedo while I, as a foreigner, was in the baju melayu. It always goes down well to wear the baju melayu as a foreigner and it is not considered disrespectful, in fact the opposite. The locals tend to wear a Tuxedo because they do not get the chance to often wear one.