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Songkok, white shawl and scarf in high demand for mourning period in Kelantan

Last Update: 29/09/2019

KOTA BHARU, Sept 29 -- White shawls and scarves, as well as songkoks, are selling like hot cakes here, and at some retail outlets, the items are reported to be already out of stock, with the people in Kelantan having to observe a 40-day mourning period following the death of the former Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Ismail Petra Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra yesterday.

A civil servant, Ayuni Arif, 35, said she went to several shops yesterday to get the white scarves and found that many of the shops had no more stock of the item.

“Since, I still do not have a white scarf in my collection, I need to get a few to wear to work during the mourning period. Many of the shops have ran out of white scarf, even the ones in Melawi, Bachok.

“I then went to Jelawat (in Bachok) and managed to get it from a shop there, but at a higher price, for RM30 a piece, from the normal price of RM15,” she told Bernama here today.

Yesterday, Kelantan State Secretary Datuk Nazran Muhammad said the state civil servants and members of the public will observe a 40-day mourning period following the death of Sultan Ismail Petra.

The dress code is white scarf for women and black songkok, with white cloth covering the top part, for men.

Sultan Ismail Petra died at the Royal Ward of Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital here at 8.11 am yesterday.

Meanwhile, scarf trader at the Siti Khadijah Market here, Rahimah Yusof, 55, said women were making a beeline to “tudung” (scarf) shops soon after words spread on the 40-day mourning period.

"Since 9 am yesterday, many came to the shop, to look for white scarf or shawl, and the popular choice is the bawal scarf which is priced at between RM12 to RM45 a piece.

“My customers normally don’t ask for white scarf or shawl, but since yesterday, white scarf or shawl is in high demand,” she added.



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