Stop making fun of Iban traditional attire, says Lubok Antu MP

File photo of dancers in traditional costumes perform at the Gawai Dayak open house held at Kapit Civic Centre on June 3, 2023.

KUCHING, Feb 28: Lubok Antu member of Parliament (MP) Roy Angau Gingkoi has expressed disappointment at the continuing trend of fellow Malaysians mocking or ridiculing Iban traditional attire through disrespectful and insensitive remarks on social media.

He emphasised this sentiment in response to a recent social media uproar following singer Baby Shima’s appearance in the ‘Ngepan Iban’ (Iban traditional attire) for her new music video ‘Bujang Sarawak’, where she faced criticism accusing her of wearing ‘kafir’ clothing or attire deemed pagan or non-Muslim.

“Malaysians should always uphold the respect and appreciation for the diversity of races, cultures and religions within this country. This diversity is a unique asset that can foster socio-economic progress.

“Mutual respect should be embraced to put a full stop on conflicts within our diverse community,” he told TVS today.

In a recent case, Malaysian content creator Ryzal Ibrahim, known for the Duriankimchi YouTube channel, was fined RM10,000, or in default, faced six months’ imprisonment by the Miri Sessions Court for mocking Iban traditional attire.

He pleaded guilty to making insensitive remarks in a video alongside his wife, Maryam, recorded on May 25, 2021.

The incident triggered a wave of criticism, particularly from the Iban community, condemning the YouTuber for his insensitivity.

Roy urged all segments of society to heed the call from the Yang di-Pertuan Agung Sultan Ibrahim to preserve the nation’s harmony and avoid engaging in sensitive issues concerning the royalty, race, and religion.

“As repeatedly urged by the government, we must refrain from slanderous practices and refrain from touching upon the sensitive matters of the 3Rs (race, religion, and royalty), while also adhering to the law,” he stressed. — DayakDaily