Whatever happened to the sexy Malaysian baju kebaya?

Sigh! To think that there was a time when one could admire the female form in traditional attire in Malaysia. These days the sarong kebaya, a sexy garment if there was one that used to popular P. Ramlee movies is all but extinct, having given way to the extremely unsexy  baju kurung.

Why is it in Indonesia that the women (OK, one of the women pictured here is a bule, so probably a foreign tourist but she could easily be an Indo) can still wear sexy traditional dress when in Malaysia it is frowned upon. Is sexy bad? Does it make Malaysian women cheap? Or is it the Malaysn men that s so gatal that they have to use religion to bludgeon their own libidos and with them the women’s freedom to look good and look sexy with it?

via Almost a fashion show | The Jakarta Post.

Almost a fashion show: Dozens of female surfers ride on the waves in Javanese long-sleeved kebaya blouses Sunday for the Kebaya Surf Culture Exhibition on Kuta beach, Bali. The event was held to commemorate Kartini Day, which falls on April 21. JP/Zul Trio Anggono