Two would-be Cabinet ministers walked into the Malaysian palace donning turbans depicting their respective traditions, while most of the other male ministers wore the songkok.
Gobind Singh Deo came in with the Sikh style turban while M Kulasegaran spotted the thallapa.
“It’s a thallapa or Tamil headgear, which was also worn by Tamil kings…It is important to insist that our culture lives,” Kulasegaran was quoted by local Malaysian media.
Both are lawmakers from the Democratic Action Party (DAP), one of the key members of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition which stunned the world when it won power, desplacing the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
The duo were sworn in together with 11 other minister who will make the core of the newly established Federal government cabinet led by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Kulasegaran, appointed as the Human Resource Minister, took oath together with Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Salahuddin Ayub, both from fellow Parti Amanah Negara, another PH coalition member.
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