Two (or three) days back, I received a very long comment for one of my older posts. The post is titled, UUM Students Faced With Immature Dress Code. The person who left the comment is a graduate from UUM. (S)He shared his/her experience studying and living in UUM with such strict rules for three years.
Since the comment is really long, I wouldn’t want to copy and paste the whole thing here. Just click this link to read the comment. From the comment, it is really difficult to identify the gender of the person who left the comment. At first I thought it must be a guy but then it could end up either way.
Below are some quotes from the comment.
It wasn’t too bad for the guys. It got from bad to worse for the girls, though. It went from formal attire, knee-length skirt to (in my final semester) long-sleeve only plus long pants for the girls. I even heard a couple of cases where girls who didn’t wear long-sleeved attire were barred from going into the library and being “disciplined”.
Some college administrators, on the other hand, seemed overzealous in imposing the rules. I have been reprimanded once, quite harshly, by the administrator of a residential college because I was wearing shorts to fill in water (the water dispensing machine was located just outside the college cafeteria) at 11.30 pm. Sure, there’s a 12am curfew (yes, there is) and I’m wearing shorts, but I’m just filling water. It’s not like I’m doing anything downright illegal! I have had to consciously remind myself to put on trousers every time I had to step outside my block for three years!
I spent three years studying in UKM and have never come across such ridiculous dress code ruling. I am truly thankful for that. There isn’t such a thing as a curfew but guys are not allowed in some areas (usually girl’s block) after a certain time (eg. 10pm). I’ve walked out of my block to the canteen way after midnight and there will still be people studying or just hanging around.
The way UUM implements their dress code makes me feel they are more like a military school instead. It is acceptable if they want their students to dress up smart (as in no torn jeans, micro skirts, super low cut jeans, mighty low cut blouse, etc). However, to go to the extend of “long sleeves only” is asking too much.
All I can say is thank goodness I didn’t choose to study in UUM.