Woman shows up wearing batik at PPV to mark momentous day


KUALA NERUS – The excitement and joy of getting the COVID-19 vaccine has prompted a woman to turn up at the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) vaccination centre (PPV) clad in batik from top to toe today, much like Malay women of the olden days.

Hanan Hashem (picture), 30 said she chose the theme to mark the historic day of receiving her first dose of vaccine after waiting for almost four months since she registered via the MySejahtera application on March 1.

“This is the first time I wore this kind of attire in public, at first I didn’t have the confidence but I decided to just do it because it is a historic date for me.

“This attire is special because the entire ensemble belonged to my beloved late grandmother, Nor Mek Ab Rahman, who died in 2013. I wanted to feel the ‘aura’ of donning traditional Malay outfits,” she said when contacted by Bernama.

The native of Kampung Gelong Gajah Padang Kemunting, Kuala Nerus said she realised that many were perplexed but not for long as batik is part of the cultural heritage of the Terengganu people especially, at weddings and birthday celebrations.

“I just want to mark July 11 as a special date so that future generations can see that Malaysia has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic which is very scary and I have been responsible for getting the vaccine to protect others from infection,” she said.