Put On Your Sarong To Go On The Trains This Malaysia Day


Farah Fazanna •  Sep 13, 2022

After two years of virtual Hari Sarong, the physical Keretapi Sarong is back this year on Malaysia Day. So, don’t be surprised if you’re on the train on Friday, 16 September and see everyone dressed up in kain batik! You could also join in the fun while wearing your best sarong!

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The Keretapi Sarong event has been done virtually for the past two years due to the pandemic and will be back physically this year. The aim of this extravagant event is to unify Malaysians no matter their background, encourage the use of public transportation and uphold the sarong as a symbol of integration.

Every year on the 16th of September on Malaysia Day, locals and also tourists can dress up in their sarong or traditional attire and get on public trains in the Klang Valley, headed for a specific place where they celebrate the day, while dressed in their best traditional attire. The destination is a secret and will only be revealed on the day when people gather together at the five checkpoints – MRT Kajang, LRT Gombak, LRT Subang, MRT Bandar Utama and LRT Ampang (people will gather here first, then move together to the secret venue).

The innovative minds behind the Keretapi Sarong event chose to use the sarong as a symbol of unity to mark Malaysia Day. The sarong is a traditional piece of cloth that is frequently turned into a garment or worn simply by wrapping.

People from all walks of life come together for Keretapi Sarong to celebrate Hari Malaysia in their traditional sarongs at a hidden location. Similar to a flash mob, but with the public encouraged to participate!

Numerous events, including folk song singing, traditional dancing (Joget Lambak), traditional games, performances, quizzes, and a few competitions, will take place both at the stations and the final location.

For more info about the Keretapi Sarong event, visit Locco’s website.