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Lee Bee Wah keeps up with Hari Raya Haji greeting tradition in baju kurung & tudung

A tradition for the Nee Soon MP.

Sulaiman Daud |Belmont Lay | August 14, 06:32 pm

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Lee Bee Wah, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, shared a Hari Raya Haji greeting on her Facebook page on Aug. 11.

For 2019’s greeting, Lee was dressed in a red baju kurung and a white tudung.

She was photographed greeting a man wearing a black songkok.

Her message read: “Selamat Hari Raya Haji to all Muslim residents!”

The photo appears to have been taken at Jalan Ulu Seletar, which is the site of the Ahmad Ibrahim mosque.

Recurring tradition

This is not the first time that Lee has worn traditional Malay dress for public events.

In July 2016, Lee met members of the Muslim community at a Hari Raya Puasa outreach event at Ahmad Ibrahim mosque, also wearing her red baju kurung and white tudung.

In 2018, Lee shared a photo of herself wearing an orange baju kurung and a white tudung, sitting with a group of other women.

Lee also donned a green sari in April 2018, wishing a happy new year to Singapore’s Tamil, Sikh, Punjabi, Malayalee, Bengali and other communities.

Comments on these posts have been positive, with many appreciating Lee’s efforts at reaching out to the various communities.

Issues about appropriating culture in Singapore

Lee’s latest Hari Raya Haji greeting comes at a time when Singapore has been grappling with issues related to “brownface“, such as cultural appropriation, majoritarian sensitivities toward minorities, and the “woke” political correctness culture, as well as the regressive left and social justice dimension of such activism.

While some critics might be quick to point out that “woke” culture is an age-related issue — with younger Singaporeans being more politically correct — it might not be entirely accurate as Singaporeans across the age divide do equate political correctness culture with intolerance.

Top image from Lee Bee Wah’s Facebook page.

About Sulaiman Daud

Sulaiman believes that we can be heroes, if just for one day. His favourite Doctor is Peter Capaldi's Twelve and his favourite person is Jürgen Klopp. He also writes about film and pop-culture, which you are very welcome to read here.

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