If PROTOCOL says, to be an Anak Bangsa Malaysia, one has to wear a songkok, I'd proudly wear it! But don't get me wrong, it's only for protocol in the Royal Palace. Nobody's telling us to wear it all the time.
We can’t seem to get over the fact that this should no longer be regarded as a symbolic submission of one to another culture. Are we going to remain so chauvinistic so much so that any request to wear a songkok is like kow-towing to another community? The days of this cultural stance created by political/racial chauvinism is of the bygone era should now be discarded. Those days are gone for good. We’ve just begun a new chapter last week.
Our younger generation, especially the girls, who grew up without our cultural baggage have gone ahead and dress themselves in baju kurung or saris without any inhibitions. If we can dress up as westerners, why can’t we change our minds on this one?
Or maybe I’m seeing this issue from a too simplistic angle? Maybe for the sake of going forward as a nation, all forms should be less emphasized than the substance?