Beautiful Malaysia: The return of Keretapi Sarong

 |Sep 17, 2017
MO pic by Azrol Ali.

KUALA LUMPUR: If you were in the city yesterday, there is a chance you might have stumbled upon people walking around clad in sarong, more than you normally would in this day and age.

While it would have been cool to entertain thoughts that we were transported back in time, just like in those time travelling movies, what you saw yesterday was in fact Sept 16, 2017.

In conjunction with Malaysia Day, the Keretapi Sarong movement made a return yesterday, and our photographer Azrol Ali was there to capture images of this unique event.

The idea of Keretapi Sarong is simple yet unique. Board the train wearing a sarong. It could be styled in any manner, and worn with other types of clothing. Some opted for the traditional kebaya sarong and others modernised it with sarong on top of denim pants.

Participants were given five meeting points; Ampang, Subang, Bandar Utama, Gombak and Puhcong Prima LRT/MRT/Komuter stations before heading to Masjid Jamek. After that, they moved on to a “secret place” which turned out to be Muzium Negara.

The mood was festive as participants took to singing on board the train. Among the songs that made the cut were the beloved folk song Rasa Sayang, Ella’s Standing in the Eyes of the World and Gemuruh by Faizal Tahir. – MO