Beside each guard house for the
mounted guards in their British-style uniforms there is a smaller
rectangular arch (can an arch be rectangular?...) in front of the
Those two small shelters are just big enough to protect the standing
guards from the weather. Those standing guards wear traditional
white sarongs. Well, not really…
A traditional sarong would be a length of fabric wrapped around the
waist, and Malay men would wear sarongs woven in a check pattern.
Those guards however wear white uniform (jacket and trousers), and a
so-called Songket wrapped around the waist. This Songket is a
shorter piece of precious brocade fabric which makes it – worn over
a sarong or a Baju Melayu - stand out of the background with its
shimmering texture, due to the use of gold and silver threads. A
Baju Malayu normally consists of a shirt and trousers.