Indonesia was awash with batik today as Indonesians, heeding President SBY’s call, wore batik to commemorate UNESCO’s placement of the Indonesian batik dyeing technique on its Cultural Heritage list.
Malaysia is not happy with it as it feels that I actually owns batik, like it owns Sulawesi songs and anything in the Malay Archipelego.
Not content with letting Indonesian trump the Truly Asian nation in the cultural sweepstakes Malaysia has now, according to Unspun‘s unreliable sources, shifted its focus to another cultural item that it can patent – along with Hainese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Bah Kut Teh and Chili Crabs – the koteka!
“Many people think that the Papuans are the only ones who wear kotekas but the truth is that Malaysians have been wearing it for many years, only that we are not so uncouth as to wear only the koteks without other clothes on,” said a source from the Malaysian Tourism office.
“But we have historical records, including as yet unpublicised photos of all the Malaysian Cabinet members wearing it in their secret initiation rites, before they go through their paces in the formal one in Parliament.”
“Some Umno members have also been known to prefer brandishing their koteka over the keris when threatening people of other races because it is actually a better measure of their manhood,” said a professor in University Malaya.
The Papuans, of course are not amused, as evidenced by this photo that has been making the rounds in Indonesia.