You see, baju melayu is my favourite kind of attire because it is specifically designed to suit this climate and has 5 pockets. It is usually loose and its soft satin like fabric will not give away the true nature of one's body. This is good news for people who can gain considerable amount of weight in a short time (like me). No wonderlah baju melayu is a staple attire for Raya and other occasions that involves delicious food.
Baju melayu was a normal attire until I wore it for a primary school fashion show. My old neighbour recalled how I refused to change to any other clothes after the end of year ceremony and hid in her house so no one could make me change.
But back then, we were told what to wear and when to wear them so I didn't get to wear the baju melayu too often until I entered university.
I have 8 baju melayu that I wear at least twice a week and during occasions where I have to present a speech. I actually owned 11 but I burnt 3 of them with my cheap electrical iron.
For me Baju Melayu is our very own croc sandals. It's very comfortable, well ventilated and simple. I also wear it when I go to places where salesman usually come up to me to promote products. I do this because they will approach me with opening lines like "Encik, kami ada satu produk...." or "Encik berminat untuk beli.." and not "Ni yao na ge tam draiv ma? or "Boss, lu minat beli ini ubat ah boss?"
I even appeared in the Star newspaper on Hari Raya wearing baju melayu!
People (especially friends) would usually question my choice of clothing on Monday and Friday because they told me it would make the baju melayu more casual and not exclusive like it should it be to me or everyone else around me.
"You won't feel special anymore when you attend events that requires you to wear a baju melayu.." Arman told me once.
"But then," I refuted. "There's always Batik!"