Here we go again with another “Malaysian” cultural icon that could be grist of the mill for connoisseurs of the ongoing how-much-of-Malaysia-originated-from-Indonesia debate.
Rocky, quoting the Star newspaper said:
“According to The Star, someone people in the DAP’s central executive committee want the party’s assemblymen in Johor NOT to wear the Songkok at the opening of the state’s legislative assembly on June 19. The Sultan of Johor is expected to be there.
If the news is true, it’s strange for the DAP to want to do that. It’s mischievous, even, especially given the Johor Sultan’s passion for the songkok .
Sure, the songkok is a Malay headgear. It is also a Malaysian headgear. No?”
The Star’s Chun Wai also thinks the Songkok is a Malay headgear.
Curiously, if you search for “songkok” in Wikipedia you are redirected to the “peci” entry as below:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Men of the Malay Regiment wearing peci at bayonet practice
A peci is a cap of Indonesian Muslim origin, in the shape of a truncated cone, similar to fez but almost always made of black felt. In Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei it is known as a songkok. Peci is the tradional Malay cap.
In Indonesia the peci has become its national headdress, with secular nationalist connotations, made popular by Sukarno. Peci is worn by male Indonesians in formal situation, wedding ceremonies, or religious holidays such as Indonesian’s Idul Fitri and Idul Adha.
Peci is also worn in Malaysia, notably by the military and police of Malaysia and Brunei on ceremonial occasions.
So, is the songkok.peci Indonesian or Malaysian, or if you want to cut it finer, is it Indonesian muslim or Malay?