In one very hot day, I see med students of HUKM wearing long-sleeve shirts and ties and labcoats for outdoor lunch. Tak panas ke? Oh, that is the dress code. Not abiding to that code will ensure your failure in this very fine medical institution. So the same for other dress-coded IPTAs.
I once went to a government office with untucked t-shirt and a baseball cap. I was asked to tuck in my t-shirt (which isn’t designed for any tucking-in) and take off my cap. I got into the office to show off my very messy appearance plus the uncombed hair, only to be rebuked by an officer because I didn’t remember my personal serial number. Why? That’s the dress code. And that officer treated me like a stupid kid.
Last 2 weeks I was doing practical in a private hospital and somehow I was prohibited to come in with my sport shoes. No big deal. I bought new pair of BATA shoes for RM70 just so that I can do my one-week practical in that private hospital. Seriously, no big deal. My parents print money. I use 100-ringgit notes as toilet paper. I have lamborghinis at my disposal.
Yep, the topic is dress code for students.
Firstly I have to compliment the Russian education system for one very good thing – no dress code. Well, maybe there is, but not so much as Malaysian hogwash dress codes.
But why dress code?
Is looking smart so important?
Will a necktie on a very hot day ensure your academic success?
Is wearing untucked shirt to lectures or government offices mean that you’re stupid and can be treated like a child?
Is wearing sports shoe or sandals make you a lesser doctor than those who wear crocodile shoes?
Why should it matter if a person wants to wear a serban to school? Why should it matter if a punk with spiky highlighted hair, one-sided earring and multiple piercings comes in for surgery lecture? Why should it matter if a med student wears sleeveless on the inside covered with labcoat outside when he meets his patients?
Why is outside look so important?
I was criticized for coloring my hair a while ago. Someone implied that I am a racist because I colored my hair to look like a caucasian. Okay, I did not color my hair to look Caucasian, but even if I did, so what? Why am I a racist for coloring my hair a little brighter? In the end, he’s the one who’s overtly concerned about the Caucasians’ perceptions towards hair-coloring Asian people like me.
It’s all about the Caucasian’s perception, right? I don’t know about you, but this fetish over Caucasian is racist, in my very humble opinion.
“Kalau orang putih datang tengok pelajar kita pakai selekeh buat malu je!”
I’m sure many of you heard this already. It’s all about how orang putih think about us… But orang putih never really cared how we dress. Only the pathetic ones do. Even the orang putih wear comfortably to school; sandals, untucked shirt and absolutely no neckties. And they’re much more successful than us dress-coded Malaysians.
Malaysians are so obsessed over dress codes. Time, money and comfort are so much wasted over this very little thing. I’m not saying about the big things like graduations, functions with VIPs etc.
I’m saying about small stuffs like going to class and lectures, practical works, government/department offices and many other daily stuffs that matter a lot to students like me and you. Ah yes, you are just students and can be treated like children. You are stupid. You don’t follow my dress code rules, I will make your life miserable.
I have to stress this: DRESS CODES DO NOT ENSURE ONE’S SUCCESS!
But no matter how much I stress that, who would care? This is just a blog with useless ramblings…
But somehow I am thankful that I am not studying in dress-coded Malaysian IPTAs. If NNSMA also play dress codes, I almost have nothing to be thankful for…